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Authorities offer safety tips after dozens rescued from Muskegon River

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Nearly half required medical attention after inner-tubes tangled in downed trees

After dozens have needed rescue from the Muskegon River over the past two weeks, officials are urging caution and offering safety tips as well.

According to the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office, around 50 people have been rescued from the Muskegon River--roughly 20 of them requiring medical attention. The most common type of rescue being inner-tubes getting caught in trees the line the river’s shoreline.

The Sheriff’s office noted, that while “the river can be a fun and enjoyable trip, it can also turn tragic in the blink of an eye.”

Police are urging caution, and to know one’s limits, as first responders are reporting that a large number of people who are being rescued have confessed that they cannot swim.

Meanwhile, authorities say, many people have to be rescued because parties have rope tied their inner tubes to each other to form a chain, however, when one tube gets caught in a tree, the sheriff’s office says, they then all do.

Other tips to stay safe: Stay in the middle of the river and away from downed trees near the shore, and keep hydrated—and not with beer or alcohol.

Lastly, know the length of the trip as it may take hours depending on the water flow levels.

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