Spring is around the corner; keep safe around water - KOTA Territory News

Spring is around the corner; keep safe around water

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By Barrett Phillips

As temperatures warm up and water levels start to rise it is always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings.

Calen Maningas, Rapid City firefighter, says stay 10 feet away from all waterways in case of flash flooding. Also, Maningas says don't get on the ice, because at this time of year ice thaws and refreezes over and over which stresses the ice and makes it weaker than normal.

If you do see someone in danger don't become a victim yourself. "Essentially call for help. Make sure you get emergency response coming," said Maningas. "And then if you can reach them with a long pole, a rope, anything like that, or you can throw a rope to them. That's the best way to get them. If you go in after them, you are going to put yourself in undo risk."

Maningas added if someone is in danger, mark their last seen point on shore so you are certain of their location.

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