6/17/2013 5:20 PM
by Rebecca Turco
GLEN JEAN - National Park Service officials offered water safety tips in light of recent drownings.
Robin Snyder, chief of interpretation and visitor services at the New River Gorge National River said not wearing a life jacket, complacency and using drugs or alcohol are the main reasons drownings occur.
Snyder said something as simple as putting on a life jacket and paying attention to your surroundings could save your life. River levels can shift dramatically and quickly, so Snyder explained the importance of remaining alert. "Be aware of your surroundings, be aware of the weather, be aware of the undercut rocks," she said. "Complacency...can catch up to you if you're not paying attention."
To promote safety, park rangers will be handing out free tee-shirts to people wearing life jackets.