PORTLAND -- On the first hot weekend of the year, droves of sun-starved swimmers lined the banks of the Clackamas River at High Rocks State Park.

Keeping a watchful eye over them was Clackamas County Marine Patrol Deputy Morgan Gunther.

People jump in the water and they don't realize the dangers, said Gunther. It looks calm and it's not.

Guthner said the river was running high and cold, with temperatures in the low 50s in some parts. It's a combination he said can shock anyone's system.

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People just panic when they tire themselves out, he said, and when you can't swim anymore, you can't swim anymore.

Guthner recommended that everyone wear a life jacket. It's the law for kids 12 and under to wear one on a boat or raft. Everyone else must have one on board, as well as a safety whistle.

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Besides local rivers, several roads posed problems for outdoor enthusiasts.

An unidentified man crashed his bicycle Saturday on a windy road off Larch Mountain. He suffered serious injuries and was transported by lifeflight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

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We just don't want to see that, said Chief Tom Layton, of Multnomah County Fire District 14. Whether it was a pothole or gravel, we're not sure. But it makes a bad day for them and for us.

Layton said the warm weather is great for a bike ride, but several roads are still riddled with winter-weather gravel. That's something he said cyclists must take into account.

Follow the rules of the road, go single file, observe the safety, Layton advised. That also makes it easier for cars on these narrow roads with no bike paths.

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