With summer upon the Central Valley, and temperatures warming up, Fire Officals said many people will be heading to nearby lakes and rivers.
Sean Albrecht said he works near the Kings River during the summer and has seen it all when it comes to safety equipment.
“They bring rafts that are for a pool, and they should have rafts that are for the river,” said Albrecht. “I’ve seen people out here floating on snakes, wrapped around them for a pool”
But, as inviting as the water may be, Fresno County Battalion Chief, Michael Bowman said it can be extremely dangerous and even deadly.
“The river does not give it does not care about safety equipment,” said Bowman.
Bowman and his crew of Cal Fire firefighters were on the Kings River practicing their water rescue skills.
“A lot of times, people will get trapped in the water and they move to the river bank and end up getting stuck,” said Fire Captain, Jeremiah Wittwer. “Because that under current will end up pulling them across.”
Experts said this is the highest that water levels have been in over five years, and they’d like to remind the public to enter the river with lots of caution.
“We see it all the time, safety devices are probably the most important thing that we can stress,” said Bowman.