Man Rescued After Getting Into The Oklahoma River


Thursday, August 7th 2014, 10:02 pm
By: News 9


Oklahoma City officials are reminding folks that swimming in the Oklahoma City River is illegal. This after firefighters rescued a man who was seen swimming in the middle of the river, Thursday afternoon. 

Jim Gardner and Bob Mills SkyNews 9 HD were first on the scene about a quarter mile west of the Devon Boat Ramp just before 2 p.m. Thursday. 

More and more people are enjoying kayaking, paddle boarding and rowing along the river, but the city says while jumping in may be tempting, it’s still against the law. 

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“It’s really a safety issue,” City Spokesperson Kristy Yager said. 

Yager says the river is anywhere from six to 12 feet deep. 

Karin Derrick is a Devon Boat House rowing coach. 

“Obviously it’s still a river, and there aren’t active lifeguards out here,” Derrick said.