Officials remind people about water safety after Emigrant Lake rescue

MEDFORD, Ore. – As temperatures heat up you might be looking for ways to cool off.

But don’t forget, safety first.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says a person had to be rescued yesterday at Emigrant Lake.

They say the person jumped off their paddle board and dislocated their shoulder.

They couldn’t get back on the board or swim to shore.

Another person helped them to safety.

The sheriff’s office says, you should stay aware of water conditions and always be prepared.

Sergeant Shawn Richards said, “even though it’s super-hot outside, the river temperature is still around 50 degrees. You have the heat outside, mixed with the cold water. When you jump in it’s very easy to get hypothermic still. So, we tell people to wear a life jacket, have some sort of safety plan.”

Most water recreation areas have loaner life jacket stations.

But you should always bring your own.

They also say, always stay close to shore and avoid jumping into water.

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Maximus Osburn is a reporter for NBC5 News. He studied at California State University-Northridge, graduating with a degree in Broadcasting. Maximus is an avid martial arts enthusiast and combat sports fan. He even traveled to Thailand to train with martial arts experts. Maximus loves movies, nature, and doing things outside his comfort zone, like swimming in sub-freezing lakes in the winter.
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