Louisiana wildlife and fishing officials offer tips for staying safe on the river
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (WAFB) – On Saturday, the Central Fire Department and the Livingston Parish Fire Department helped save 14 tubers in the Amite River.
Central Fire tweeted that the tubers were stuck due to the strong current in the river.
Dean Aucoin, Louisiana’s wildlife and fishing law enforcement lieutenant, said many of the safe boating practices they promote can be applied to tubing and other water activities as well.
“There is a lot of debris, a lot of fallen trees in these rivers and as the water rises the current increases dramatically, this is one of the biggest problems we have on the water, especially river systems when you have that much water going into them, ”Aucoin said.
Aucoin said they encourage everyone to pay attention to the currents.
“This time of year, with all the rains we have, exceptional for 2021 with a significant amount of rainfall, the rivers are much taller and the currents much higher than they normally are,” Aucoin said. .
He adds that you should have a life jacket with you, even if you are not on a boat.
“We encourage anyone who participates in water sports to come out with a life jacket in case you need it,” Aucoin said.
The important thing, according to Aucoin, is that you not only have fun, but that you also stay safe.
“If it looks like the stream of water is turbulent, maybe now is not the day to get in, wait a bit, give it a few weeks, let the water come back down and then go have fun, at the end of the day we want everyone to come home to their family.
Boating safety advice from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries can be found here. (https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/boating-safety)
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