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Need for rescues decreases at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale

OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - An AMR lifeguard watches over swimmers on the Sandy River at Glen Otto Park in Troutdale earlier this summer.The number of rescues completed by the American Medical Response River Rescue Program decreased this year from four to one — and one teacup terrier — likely because more children were wearing life jackets while enjoying the sunshine on the river.

AMR monitors Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale and High Rocks Park in Gladstone, which saw 44,663 visitors and 30,907 visitors, respectively. At the two sites, 3,678 life jackets were loaned to visitors, as compared to 2,283 in 2014.

The team credits a more extensive education campaign and additional training as the means for the season’s success.

“We also enjoyed great partnerships with local media and law enforcement that helped us reach the public with water safety messages,” said Program Coordinator Justine Kilsby. “This helped us promote the use of lifejackets, especially with children, and also to raise awareness of the hazards of floating down the river on inner tubes, which had become an increasingly a factor in water rescues.”

The season, which ended Labor Day weekend, had no drownings at either site.

“Our prime objective this year and every year is to prevent drowning at these community sites, preferably through prevention and education, but also via in-water rescues when needed,” said General Manager Randy Lauer. “Our teams accomplished that objective when the season ended with no drownings at either site, and we’re very proud of them.”


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