Womans afternoon swim results in calls to Elkhart police, firefighters
Posted: 05/08/2013 at 4:57 pm
By: Emily Pfund
Firefighters at the scene said the woman managed to pull herself out of the river shortly before they arrived at 3:09 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8.
These calls for struggling swimmers are common around this time of the year, said Shaun Edgerton, assistant chief of operations for the Elkhart Police Department.
“We probably get calls four or five times a year for that, especially early in the year when people want to get out and get in the water,” Edgerton said.
Many of the calls come from bystanders who see the swimmers and misinterpret frolicking for flailing, he said.
“They take the attitude that it’s better safe than sorry,” Edgerton said. “I’d rather them call and us not be needed than have a tragedy later on.”
While the water may look inviting as temperatures on land begin to rise, Edgerton advises swimmers to find another way to cool off.
Quick currents and sudden drop-offs below the surface can make rivers dangerous for swimmers.
“Please take care when swimming in waterways,” he said. “In this age of swimming pools and water parks there are better places to swim. Take proper precautions, like wearing life vests, and know your surroundings.”