River swimmers beware
In the past week, Bluff Firefighters and EMT’s have responded to three separate incidents in which children and adults have been swept away by the San Juan River.
All eight swimmers caught in the swift current under the Highway 191 Bridge south of Sand Island have survived. Three children and one adult were transported to Blue Mountain Hospital.
Heavy June rains and late snow melt have swollen the river from its normal July flow of 500 to 800 cubic feet per second (cfs) to flows of more than 2,000 cfs. Swift flows from 1,300 cfs to 2,000 cfs are projected to continue through July 14.
Families are cautioned that normally tame waters may be dangerous during this high flow. All swimmers should wear flotation devices and have adult supervision.
In case of emergency, call 911 immediately.