5/21/2014 5:39 PM
by Rachael Cardin
FAYETTEVILLE - This area of West Virginia offers outdoor fun as the temperature warms up, but National Park Service officials wanted to make sure safety comes first.
Memorial Day Weekend is all about water safety according to officials with the National Park Service. The New River Gorge is beautiful and offers exciting adventures, but water of any kind poses a deadly threat. With the long weekend, the National Park Service will be holding informational sessions as well as demonstrations to teach everyone how to have fun, but stay safe when in or around water. Park Rangers said drowning occurs every year, but precautions can be taken to avoid such a catastrophe and just having the right life jacket could save your life.
Park Ranger Jodi French-Burr said, “people need to be wearing their personal flotation devices (PFDs) while they're on the river, even near the river’s edge. Are they taking a white water trip down new river? Are they fishing on a small creek? There's a lot of safety things that we can do by having the right gear."
The National Park Service Rangers will be holding events all weekend at Canyon Rim Visitors Center, Sandstone Falls and Bluestone Lake.