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Officials urge caution amid high temps after group rescued from river trying to cool off

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Posted at 1:25 PM, Jul 25, 2022

Multiple agencies came together on Sunday in Auburn, Washington, about a 40-minute drive from Seattle, to rescue a group of 5 people who were in the Green River trying to cool down amid high heat.

Puget Sound Fire and rescue began the rescue just after 9 p.m. local time from the Kummer Bridge, forcing authorities to have to close the bridge in both directions as rescue workers attempted to retrieve the five people. There were no injuries and everyone could be safely brought back to land, KIRO 7 reported.

Authorities are urging people to be cautious amid the high heat when trying to cool down in rivers and lakes. Puget Sound Fire wrote on their Facebook page, "We would like to remind everyone that while the summer weather can be hot, the rivers are fast and cold. Know the water, know your limits, and wear a properly fitted life jacket."

As the Seattle Times reported, experts are offering tips to keep people safe in bodies of water:

  • Wear a life jacket
  • Swimming in open water is different than a pool so know your swimming abilities
  • Take at least two forms of communication, like a cell phone, and even a whistle so rescue workers can hear you to find you
  • Don't consume alcohol while boating or swimming
  • Dress appropriately for cold water in certain parts of the country
  • Let friends and family know your planned route