Marine deputies stressing safety on water - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Marine deputies stressing safety on water

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Temperatures hit the 80's in some places today and with more warm weather on the way people are sure to be hitting the lakes and rivers this coming week.  Marine deputies want to remind everyone to use extreme caution on the rivers and lakes as the water levels in the Spokane River are very high right now, and temperatures are extremely low in rivers and lakes.

In Idaho, Kootenai County deputies say the water in Lake Coeur d'Alene today was between 45 to 50 degrees and those deputies want to warn people to stay out of the water at the moment as hypothermia can set in very quickly.

Deputy Ryan Higgins said this of the water right now, " if you have a life jacket you can probably last at least an hour before you become unconscious but if you don't have your life jacket on you won't last very long." Higgins explained deputies are also urging boaters to stay out of the Spokane river as the river is running at an extremely fast pace due to the Post Falls dam being open.

Most importantly Higgins says if you get in a boat, wear life jackets as they could save your life if something were ever to happen.  Kootenai County recommends you take a boating safety class.  They offer them for free once a month and you can call the Sheriff's department for information.  In Washington you have to have a state boater education card to operate a boat in the state.  

To find out how to get a boater education card look under the "find it" link on our home page.

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