Bernalillo County’s annual water safety day returns for a second time

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Last week, KOB 4 took you on a ride-along down the Rio Grande on an airboat with the Bernalillo County Fire Department.

With the sun out and temperatures staying warm, more people are taking advantage of what the river and bosque have to offer.

“Utilize the Bosque, we want you guys to come out here and use it,” said Joe Lane, of BCFD. “Use kayaks, paddleboards, go up and down the river, enjoy it – but do it in a safe manner.”

This is why BCFD has been out on patrol since last month – not just in the river but with their trucks in the mountains.

This weekend, May 21, is the second annual Water Safety Day.

“We’re all getting together to promote the river and we want to educate the public on how to do it in a safe manner,” Lane explained. “If you’re on the river, how to identify hazards if you’re on the river’s edge with your children. We’re promoting wearing life jackets.”

The event will go from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 21, at multiple locations – including Tingley Beach, Alameda Open Space Park and Siphon Beach.

Multiple agencies will be taking part, including BCFD, AFR, BCSO, APD, the FBI, local kayak and canoe clubs – and the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation’s Open Space Division.