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Some people using boat dock illegally

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RICHLAND, Wash.—Temperatures typically heat up during the month of August, which means many are looking to cool down.  However, KNDU learned some people are using the boat dock off Lee Boulevard in Richland illegally.

A viewer, Daniel Zilch, contacted KNDU after shooting video of children jumping off the boat dock. 

"A kid that jumped off there got a concussion, because he hit something when he dove into the water," says Daniel Zilch, concerned neighbor. 

Signs are posted near the dock stating swimming is not allowed.  If you are caught, you could face a $250 fine.  The rule is in place to protect swimmers' safety.

"When you have a boat coming in fairly fast and people swimming around it's not safe," says Jenny Wheeler, Park Ranger. 

To swim in the water, you must be 100 feet away from the dock.  However, Wheeler says many people are not even getting in, because the river is high.  She also says that could be one reason why she has not seen as big of a problem with dock jumpers compared to last year. 

So far, no big injuries have been reported this year. 

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