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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:

  • Call 911 immediately - time is of the essence. Try to throw the victim a flotation device, but don't become a victim yourself.  Use landmarks to determine where you last saw the victim and where you are standing so you can take rescue crews back to the site. Take notice of the victim's clothing. Encourage other bystanders to stay on scene.
  • Station 59 in West Linn is home to the TVF&R water rescue team, which includes a trained group of rescue personnel with specialized vehicles and equipment. In addition to fire and medical calls, motor vehicle crashes and other emergency incidents, this specialty team also responds to swift-water rescues, boaters and swimmers in distress, vehicles submerged in water and people stranded on rocks or the water.

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