RIVER RANT: Deaths on the James River

The downside of having a wild river running through the urban James River is that it can be dangerous to those that do not take precautions. Fire and Emergency officials rescue far too many people who didn’t obey life jacket requirements when the river is above 5 feet, can’t tell that water levels are quickly rising, can’t swim or have too much to drink.

James River News Hub has begun a page to track deaths on the James River, beginning with the first 12 deaths research uncovered since mid-2007. While less than half of them appear to be accidental deaths caused during recreational visits to the river — including two unintentional drownings — it still calls attention to the need for caution.

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