Eugene-Springfield water rescue crews preparing ahead of hot summer weekend

  • Source: KEZI-TV ABC 9 Eugene
  • Published: 06/24/2022 12:00 AM

With temperatures expected to exceed 90 degrees this weekend, more people are going to try to beat the heat in western Oregon's waterways. Eugene-Springfield Fire crews have spent the time leading up to the first dry summer weekend of the year familiarizing themselves with local rivers and their obstacles, making sure they're prepared to respond to water emergencies as quickly and efficiently as possible. Captain Jordan Petersen says coming off the colder months, people may not realize how cold the water actually is. "Even though it's 80, 90 degrees outside, once you jump in this water, it's hard to breathe, it's hard to move," Petersen said. "The water's a little bit higher right now, and the amount of water flowing, it also can sweep you away real quick." He stressed the importance of wearing a life jacket.


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