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Yakima Firefighters train for river rescues

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima Firefighters got some hands-on river rescue training today near Terrace Heights.

Firefighters say the training on rescue techniques is important because they typically have to rescue between ten and 20 people from the water every year.

They say the river bottom can be especially dangerous, because a swimmers' foot can catch on something and pull them under the water.

"If you're messing around on the river and you get your feet down near the bottom, there's rebar, there's old cars, washing machines, along with just rocks and stuff... Logs on the bottom of the river," says Rocky Willette with the Yakima Fire Department.

Rescuers say if you're caught in a current, your best bet is to pull your legs up and point them downstream. Then, try to swim to shore.