Marine patrols gear up for hot, risky weekend

Marine patrols gear up for hot, risky weekend

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Posted on August 19, 2011 at 6:33 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 19 at 8:58 AM

PORTLAND – As temperatures rise toward the 90s this summer, marine patrols plan to have extra officers on the water to keep boaters safe.

Temperatures were expected to reach 83 Friday, 90 on Saturday, and 88 on Sunday, with clear skies, according to KGW Chief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino.

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On the Willamette River Thursday, kayakers and wake boarders were out enjoying the sunshine.

The Clackamas County Marine Patrol said it will be out in full force, checking to make sure boaters have the required life jackets and safety equipment on board.

They’ll also keep a close watch out for people who may be boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“It's going to be nice and hot, so refrain or reduce how much you're taking in,” advised Doug Olsen with marine patrol.

No rain is expected in the 7-day forecast and temperatures will range from 80 to 90, according to KGW meteorologists.

(KGW reporter Art Edwards contributed to this report.)

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