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Warm Weather Brings Out the River Floaters


A local mom and her two young kids are safe after they accidentally went through the spillway on the Deschutes River at Colorado Avenue in Bend Wednesday afternoon. Bend Police Sgt. Nick Parker says the mom and her two young kids were apparently not able to navigate the Deschutes River and get out at Colorado, so the current carried them into dangerous waters: “It sounds like they were all on a float tube, or a boat together, small. And they lost it in the current. It sounds like they couldn’t get to shore in time, before the spillway. SO all three went under.” Citizens rescued the 7 year old girl and 5 year old boy. The mom was stranded on a rock and rescued by the fire department.” Bend Fire officials say hundred's of people are floating the river on hot days now and they urge people to be careful navigating the river there. Deputy Fire Marshal Dan Derlacki is with the Bend Fire Department: “There’s lots of places to get injured get stuck or anything like that. There’s been many, many accidents there. It’s a common spot.” He says they see this happen about 4-5 times year, during the warmer months.

 

 

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