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River rescues up early this year: Officials

The number of river-water rescues is already higher than average thisyear, say city officials who are reminding Calgarians to think twicebefore entering aggressive waters. 

The number of river-water rescues is already higher than average this year, say city officials who are reminding Calgarians to think twice before entering aggressive waters.

Bylaw boss Bill Bruce said there have been more than seven water rescues already this year, a number he considers high since the weather’s only been hot recently.

“It’s been pretty busy and people are out there, but they seem to be listening and complying more with life-jackets,” Bruce said.

But fire battalion Chief John Meilleur said considering there were three more rescues yesterday — including a baby who toppled into the water — officials wish rafters would wait until the rivers are calmer.

“We would prefer if they stayed away from the banks and rivers altogether, but people are going out anyways,” he said.

Thirteen tickets were handed out as of Saturday, as well as hundreds of warnings over the entire weekend during a blitz.

 
 
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