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Bridge jumping is a dangerous way to cool down

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Temperatures are up and people are looking for a way to cool down, but some have found a dangerous way to jump into the Columbia River...from the Cable Bridge.

Kennewick Police say they receive calls all the time from concerned drivers about people jumping off the bridge into the water below. People who live in the area know the risks and they are warning potential jumpers. Police say if you are caught jumping off most bridges in the Tri-Cities, you could be arrested or cited.

Sergeant Ken Lattin, with the Kennewick Police Department says, "We're not here to spoil the fun for kids who want to jump in the river in the summer time, but you've got to do it safely. The concern is jumping from the bridge, you're going to go pretty far from that height and there are some dangers below the surface."

The dangers Sgt. Lattin is referring to are strong currents that can pull you under, and the impact of hitting the water can cause injury.

If you see anyone jumping off the bridge you are asked to call police.