Durango Fire Protection District is reminding the community to be proactive in regards to water safety. Durango Fire Protection District responded to fourteen water rescues with 1 fatality in 2015, all associated with activities in the Animas River. In the first six months of 2014 there were seventeen drowning deaths in Colorado in activities predominantly related to whitewater and on Mother’s Day this year a mother lost two of her boys.
Many drownings and near drownings occur in swift flowing rivers but flat water and irrigation ditches can be just as deadly.
The following tips can help prevent an unfortunate incident:
Know your skill limitations;