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Recreational Safety

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The Yakima County Sheriff's department can be stretched pretty thin when covering the 288 miles of shoreline.

With the water rising you may want to think twice about going on the river.

The sheriffs department urges people against taking their boats and rafts into the river.

Deputy Sheriff Dan Cypher says people shoudl wait before goin into the water.
"Stay out of the river period, at least for the next couple of weeks, says Cypher"

Over the memorial day weekend, 44-year old Kenneth Clark of Seattle died after getting caught under a log jam.   Search and rescuers found clark two hours later under three feet of water just off the base of a root ball.

Debris like this can't be seen under the water when the river is too dark or at flood levels.   Deputy Cypher says if you plan on going into the river look for one thing.

"Look at the water and if you can't see anything then it's too hazardous."