Bow River advisory lifted
The rapids in Harvie Passage are challenging for even the most experienced boaters.
Published Friday, July 27, 2012 4:59PM MDT
The Calgary Fire Department has lifted an advisory for the Bow River but say boaters should use caution as the waters are still flowing above normal.
Fire officials say people should be aware of changing conditions and the speed at which the rivers are currently flowing.
They advise boaters and floaters to be prepared and say life jackets and/or personal floatation devices (PFDs) should always be used on the water.
In addition to life jackets, people should bring a sounding device, such as a whistle, a buoyant heaving line (throw-bag) no less than 15 metres long and a bailer.
Officials say that water levels have receded but those attempting to navigate the advanced and expert-level rapids at Harvie Passage should be experienced in white water kayaking.
Those who use the Class 3 (expert-level) rapids should have an appropriate white water vessel with: Hand grips, a first aid kit, wet / dry suits, helmets and life jackets.
Recreational river users are encouraged to portage (exit) the river in advance of Harvie Passage and re-enter the river downstream of the rapids.
Fire crews will be patrolling the Bow River and will continue to monitor the conditions.