To the editor:
A disaster was narrowly averted June 10 at the Rutland Dam. Thanks to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department and their cool heads, no one drowned. The Humboldt Fire Department also responded as did the Ambulance Service. Their combined services and dedication made quick work of what could have been a much more serious situation. Thank you all. Also, the fact that the people in the river were wearing life jackets saved three lives.
The river is very high and fast, with a lot of wild backflows. I know young people think they are invincible, but parents should know better.
A life jacket is a very inexpensive piece of equipment to provide.
We have tried to tell of the dangers on a high river (and low also). It is ever-changing; with trees, branches, and other debris just below the surface - it can be deadly. It can also be very beautiful, peaceful, and wonderful place if treated correctly and respected.
So, the next time you head for a river, think about these things before you get in. Do you want it to be friend or foe? It can be either.
Be safe, put on a life jacket, and have a great experience.