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Floating the Muskegon River is a popular summer staple in Mecosta County and Sheriff Todd Purcell wants those who plan on having fun on the river this weekend to do it safely and responsibly.


Over this summer, there have been two drowning deaths on the river.


Purcell says even if you’re a good swimmer, you should always wear a life jacket.


“First and foremost, if your tubing down the river you should always being wearing a flotation device, even if you think you’re a good swimmer,” he said. “Tubers always need to be aware that river conditions are always changing and just because conditions start out good doesn’t mean they will be good in the end.”


The sheriff also advises tubers to stay in your tube while floating down the river and to refrain from alcohol.   

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