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Search and Rescue conducts first water rescue of season

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LANE COUNTY, Ore. Search and Rescue crews were called out to their first water rescues of the season.

Seven people were floating down the McKenzie River near Harvest Landing on Sunday afternoon without life jackets when their inner tubes popped. According to Lane County Search and Rescue, some people from the group were able to get out and call for help.

The remaining people in the river were quickly pulled to shore and no one was hurt.

Just minutes before the rescue at Harvest Landing, another group called for help in Vida.

“The raft apparently punctured and sank leaving the seven people stranded on a rock at about the exact same time we received a second call for another group of seven people in the McKenzie River downstream from Harvest Landing in Springfield,” Jason Bowman with Search and Rescue says.

Search and Rescue warns people to use extra caution when boating on the rivers and lakes this Summer by wearing a life jacket at all times.

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