The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public of the dangers of swimming in rivers in Humboldt County. River currents can change quickly, sometimes daily, or even by the minute. This combined with unknown and quickly changing depths of the river can be deadly. Very hot and humid days combined with low water temperatures in late spring and early fall can lead to quick cramps. Every year, Humboldt County experiences a tragic death due to swimming in the rivers and falling victim to a strong current.
To reduce the risk of injury or death, remember:
• Life jackets are always recommended, especially for children
• Swimming and alcohol/drugs never mix. These substances can impair judgement and slow reaction time
• Only swim when and where it is safe to do so – avoid strong currents