Friday, July 5, 2013
The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office is asking that people avoid the Edisto River this weekend due to the river being above flood stage and being a hazard to swimmers and boaters.
If people feel that they must get on the river, they are encouraged to use extreme caution and understand that currents and undertows make activities extremely dangerous and deadly.
The DCSO and other local agencies have already had to perform rescue operations for both swimmers and boaters and, thus far, avoided any loss of life.
The young, impaired, and those who are weak swimmers, are especially at risk and, subjecting someone to a known hazard may result in criminal charges should an injury or death occur, according to the DCSO.
Should someone become stranded or need a rescue, said the DCSO, water levels may make this a difficult or impossible task so, the recommended course of action is to wait until the water recedes and conditions become more favorable to enjoy recreational activities on the river.