Floaters. FILE PHOTO

Stettler RCMP responded to overdue floaters on Red Deer River

Between Content Bridge and MacKenzie Crossing, there were a number of overdue floaters.

RCMP has issued a warning to people taking a ride down the Red Deer River.

Over the past few weeks, Stettler RCMP have responded to numerous reports of overdue ‘floaters’ on the Red Deer River from the Content Bridge on Highway 21 to MacKenzie Crossing.

Everyone to date has been found safe, but police want to remind anyone going onto the river to follow a few precautions.

These include researching the speed of the river, as it is typically quite slow during the late summer and people tend to vastly underestimate how long it will take to float down the river; let someone know the route and destination; take fully charged cell phone in a sealed container along in case an emergency arises; and, take into account the weather forecast for the day including several hours after the anticipated arrival plus take along weather appropriate clothing should it be needed.

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