Rangers in the Great Smokies are asking visitors to be extra careful around waterways in the park over the Fourth of July holiday.
Visitors to a river company in Jackson County say they're heeding the advice in their safety briefing. They wear a life vest at all times, stay together and avoid rocks in the Tuckasegee River. If they do fall out of their rafts, they've learned how to position themselves.
Shane Williams with the Dillsboro River Company says, “In case you do fall out of the boat, it's what we call the white water swim position and that's on your back with your feet up pointed downstream.” Williams says most injuries come when visitors bring their own tube or raft and enter the river without the guidance of a river company.