Flash Float Expected During Rafting Gone Wild
Sacramento, Calif. - Regional Parks Rangers have received information that a "flash float" is being promoted through social media networks for Saturday, July 14 on the Lower American River. "Rafting Gone Wild" brings out thousands of people which generate multiple safety risks along the river. Excessive alcohol consumption combined with the river is a serious concern for law enforcement and emergency service providers.
Because of the enormity of the event, a multi-public safety agency response team has been formed and includes the following:
Sacramento County Park Rangers Rancho Cordova Police Department Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Sacramento County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Unit Sac Metro Fire Department DART (Drowning Accident Rescue Team)
Members of these agencies will be in the Parkway on the day of the event and will strictly enforce applicable laws. Everyone is reminded that:
1) Personal flotation devices (PFDs) are strongly recommended for all individuals rafting on the river. It is required by law for those 12 years and under to wear a PFD in and near the water, and that every watercraft have one PFD per person of any age onboard.
2) Glass containers of any kind are prohibited in the American River Parkway.
3) Amplified sound is not allowed in the American River Parkway without a permit.
4) Unauthorized vending of any kind is prohibited.
5) While alcohol is not prohibited for those of legal drinking age within the American River Parkway on July 14, public intoxication is not legal and may lead to arrest.
For a complete list of rules and regulations that govern Regional Parks, visit www.sacparks.net.
Call 916-875-7275 to report any law enforcement issues or non-emergency accidents. For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.