CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO / DEXTER LAKE
Over the last month, water rescue operations teams in Lane County have been working overtime to fight the needless wave of drownings and boating-related deaths. The recent heat has fueled an increase in these fatalities – in Lane County alone, 11 water-related death investigations have been conducted this year.
“Heat waves can exacerbate drownings and accidents,” said Tom Conning, Portland District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson. “More people are out on the water, trying to cool off and they don’t always wear life . . .