Caution called for on Fraser River
Boaters are being advised to use extra caution when travelling on the Fraser River this time of year.
The Corporation of Delta posted a notice on June 5 stating that during the spring run-off, the water level on the Fraser is particularly high and the current is very strong, with lots of floating debris being carried downstream.
"The water is barely above the freezing temperature; even when the air is warm, a fall into the water can result in a very sudden onset of hypothermia," the advisory says.
During freshet conditions, piloting a pleasure craft can become difficult and dangerous for boaters. As such, boaters are advised to be extra careful when travelling on the river due to the higher water velocities and debris in the river.
"Please keep a proper lookout and reduce speed to minimize the risk of hitting floating or partially submerged debris," the advisory says.
Boaters should ensure they have a marine radio aboard to call on channel #16 or a cell phone to dial *16 for emergency assistance.