A lazy float down the Red Deer River can be fun, but it can also be dangerous and people are reminded to stay safe if rafting is part of their summer plans.
Red Deer Emergency Services advises all rafters and river users to take extra caution as river levels are higher than normal right now.
“We want people to enjoy the river, but use common sense,” said Greg Adair, emergency services deputy chief. “People need to observe the conditions before planning a rafting trip, especially when it comes to the flow of the river.”
Life-jackets should be worn at all times and rafters should estimate their time of arrival and make sure someone knows their itinerary.
As well, people should be prepared for unexpected conditions and pack warm clothing, water and other necessities in case of emergencies.
Always carry oars or paddles to navigate and avoid obstacles.
People are reminded to use proper floating devices as inflatable toys are designed for lakes, not in flowing waters. Do not tie rafts, tubes or dinghies together.
Alcohol consumption along the river is illegal and violators can be fined. It is also illegal to park along Hwy 2.