KID, dive rescue officials warn people to stay away from canals

KID, dive rescue officials warn people to stay away from canals

Kennewick Irrigation District officials and Columbia Basin Dive Rescue are warning you to stay away from the edge of canals.

Troy McGregor with CBDR said if you don’t, it could be your last swim.

As the weather continues to warm up, KID is warning against riding your bike or walking along canals, also urging strict supervision by parents if kids are anywhere near a canal.

McGregor said he and his team had to pull a dog out of canal in Franklin County just last year and once you or your pet fall in, it is impossible to get out

“What gets you is, they are nasty,” said McGregor. “I mean it’s chemicals, and slime, and mud and just all kinds of crap and so you can’t get out,” he said. “So when you have the current taking you, and you’re trying to get out, especially on these that are concrete lined, there’s nothing for you to grab.”

KID officials also say if you are walking your pet near a canal, don’t forget to use a leash.