River safety promoted

All recreational users on the Shuswap River are being urged to play safe.

Herman Halvorson, rural Enderby director, recently joined a conservation officer patrol on the river and he says some issues were evident, including one boat operator.

“There was no registration and no markings,” he said.

“They were weaving in and out of tubes and the conservation officer put fines towards them.”

In another case, a boat became beached on a sandbar at Tuey Park.

“It took a bunch of people to push it off the bar,” said Halvorson, adding there was the potential for people to be injured.

“The boat went in where there were a lot of people swimming.”

Halvorson is asking everyone on the river, including tubers, swimmers and kayakers, to be aware of their surroundings and to practise safety.

“It’s not just boats,” he said.