Enjoy the sun, but stay safe... especially on our waterways

Enjoy the sun, but stay safe... especially on our waterways »Play Video
High Rocks on the Clackamas River is seen in this file photo, courtesy of the City of Oregon City.

OREGON CITY, Ore. - Plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures sure are making this feel like a summer weekend and that might prompt some folks to head to local waterways to cool off, which could be dangerous.

The water is still pretty cold and the currents are strong.

At High Rocks, a popular summertime swimming hole on the Clackamas River that has claimed lives in the past, there aren't any lifeguards yet. The seasonal employees won't be certified and ready until Memorial Day, which is a couple of weeks away.

Still, we saw some people getting into the river there for a quick dip in the water, which right now is only in the 40s.

That's mighty cold and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was out on Saturday reminding folks about the dangers of swimming this time of year and how important a life jacket can be.

They said if you have a life jacket on, you could probably survive in the water for about an hour. But without one, you would have less than 10 minutes.

"Hypothermia is not usually what kills people in water like this," said Nate Thompson with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. "It's usually the muscle fatigue due to the cold, and their inability to keep swimming because of the cold water."

Keep Your Pets Safe Too

Now of course this is also a good time to remind folks not to leave their pets in a car. On an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 120 degrees.

Multnomah County Animal Services also wants to remind folks not to leave a dog in the back of a truck. That's because the metal can heat up and burn their feet.