New rules for rafters

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A new Oregon law requires commercial river guides to first tour a river and get rescue training before ferrying patrons.

The law also requires all passengers, including guides, to wear flotation vests in rapids that are rated Class 3 or higher, and require all boats to carry rescue gear known as throw bags.

Those bags contain rope that can be thrown to a passenger who has fallen into the water and is being swept downstream.

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