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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Swimmer found safe after rescue effort at Black Butte Lake

Orland – Glenn County Sheriff’s dispatchers received a 9-1-1 emergency call Sunday night to assist a man who was swimming in Black Butte Lake.

According to a release issued by the department on Monday, the man in need of rescue was recuperating with a group of people near the Burris Creek area in Tehama County. The group boat suffered an engine failure. The man was wearing a personal flotation device while floating in the water, but the handicapped was unable to swim back to the boat.

At the time of the call, the exact whereabouts of the stranded swimmer was not known, the release said.

Boating patrol units from Glenn County and Tehama County Sheriff’s Departments, Tehama County Fire, Orland Fire, Westside Ambulance and California Highway Patrol Aviation Unit responded to assist with search and rescue, the release said. After a thorough search of the area by air and boat, the deputy learned that the stranded persons were able to swim ashore and were found safe.

The person whose name was not in the release did not require medical attention.

A personal flotation device is required for sailors under California law and in the event the use of a PFD contributed to a positive outcome with the swimmer being found to be safe.

With the onset of the summer season and the beginning of the swimming and boating season, it is important that local waterway builders do so in a safe manner.

Check river, lake and stream conditions before heading out and always let someone know where you are going and when you will return.

If you are boating, any driver under the age of 45 is required to complete a California Boater Safety Course and hold a California Boater Card. For more information: www.californiaboatercard.com.

Wear appropriately appropriate personal flotation equipment for all river, lake and boating activities. Don’t assume you have the swimming skills to keep you afloat – even the strongest swimmers can’t adapt to the water conditions.

Choose swimming areas carefully. What may seem like a good place to swim or swim is often not a visible danger.

If an area is specified with a “no swimming” sign, choose another location. Sign boards have been installed for your safety.

Hot air doesn’t always mean hot water. Immersing in 50-60 degree cold water can be dangerous. Cold water removes body heat 4 times faster than cold air. When your body hits cold water, the “cold shock” can cause dramatic changes in breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure.

Keep a close eye on children, even when they are away from the water. Water safety is especially important for children because they can quickly enter the water without your attention.

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