Coast Guard warns of dangers from strong currents and rising water near Oswego River

CLEVELAND – Due to recent increase in rainfall along the Oswego and Salmon rivers, near Oswego, N.Y., the U.S. Coast Guard advises the public of the risks associated with engaging in activities near swollen rivers and streams.

“There have been recent cases of fishermen getting stranded and even drowning along the Oswego River,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jadon Sprague, executive petty officer at Coast Guard Station Oswego. ”The heavy rainfall has raised the water level and has created currents that are stronger than usual.”

As floodwaters are dangerous and can be potentially fatal, the Coast Guard advises the public to:

– Wear a life jacket at all times when recreating along rivers. Water levels can rise fast and potentially leave people stranded on pieces of land within the river.

– Stay away from riverbanks and streams until potential flooding has passed. Do not allow children to play in flooded areas. There is a high risk of injury or drowning in areas that may appear safe.

– Carry a means of communication. Better than a mobile phone, a marine-band VHF-FM radio allows mariners to contact authorities for help in the event of an emergency.

– Stay away from moving water. Moving water only six inches deep can sweep you off your feet.

– Exit rivers immediately after hearing an alarm or siren.

– Have a plan. Notify a friend or family member of where and when you plan to enter and depart the river, just like a float plan.

– Do not try to reach your boat if it has been forced into the water and is surrounded by debris. Wait until authorities have made safe access possible.

– Do not try to board a partially sunken boat; seek professional salvage assistance.

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