Just after 3 p.m. Saturday, firefighters from the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue water rescue team were successful in bringing a family of four safely to shore after their canoe became stuck on a rock in the river at Fields Bridge Park in West Linn.
All four family members were wearing personal flotation devices and firefighters were able to perform the rescue quickly and efficiently. No one was injured in the incident. With hot temperatures expected to continue throughout the week, TVF&R Public Information Officer Lysa Vattimo reminds those who plan to be on or around water to swim with a buddy, keep a close eye on children and wear personal flotation devices (PFDs).
"All four members of this family were wearing PFDs, they held onto their canoe and a bystander who noticed the family was in trouble called 911 right away. All these things combined with a quick response by a highly trained water rescue team resulted in a positive outcome, Vattimo said.
TVF&R offers this water-safety advice. If you see or hear someone in trouble in the water: