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Safety tips for river floating

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NOEL, MISSOURI -

John Hunter is on the water playing with his kids. But he's  also aware of the potential dangers.

"We're having fun! We keep a really close eye on them but it just takes a second for a kid to get away from you and something happens"

So he take his family's safety into his own hands.

"Before we take them out, we really want to make sure that they know what's dangerous and what's safe. And we don't let them get close to the water without one of us. But also making sure they have life jackets and really making sure they know how to swim"

The owner of River Ranch Resort says the Elk River is pretty family friendly this year, but to still take precautions.

"We recommend wearing life jackets. Most of our river is Class One. So it's safe for family floating, there's shoots and rapids, but it's not a lot of white water or things like that" says John Poynor.

Some  parents recommend persistence.

"They don't like it.They say 'Hey, we can swim!' but we make sure they wear a life jacket just in case" says Hunter. 

 Poynor says if somebody were to fall off their craft, others should try to help them out. But for the most part, the river is shallow enough, you should be able to touch the bottom. 
And he suggests canoes may not be the best option for families with young kids.

"For families, we recommend doing rafts, they're a lot more stable. That way the kids can jump off of them and swim off of them and play. And they're not going to tip over nearly as easy as the other craft" says Poynor. 

Some advice to make sure everybody can relax on the river but make it home  safe and sound.

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