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Weather impacting tubing business

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New Hartford, CT (WFSB) -

Tubing businesses have been severely affected after recent rains, which have caused the banks of the Connecticut River to become swollen.

The parking lots at Satan's Kingdom in New Hartford were fairly packed as people were preparing to go tubing down the Farmington River.

Officials said the swelling of the river drenched their business and forced them to be closed most of June.

"The volume of water created strong currents and undertows," said Jeremy Harraden, who is a manager for Farmington River Tubing.

Harraden said extra lifeguards were brought in to "ease concerns and fears" after recent drownings.

Officials said it is extremely dangerous to go tubing on the Farmington River without life jackets, however, Eyewitness News spotted many independent tubers doing just that.

Other people were observed tied together with rope.

"So we look for that and confiscate stuff," said lifeguard Jake Barter and added people can get their feet stuck in the rope.

Enforcement on the water is scarce, Harraden said.

Barter said he helped save this man from drowning Thursday morning and he wasn't one of their customers.

"He flipped in the rapids and stayed under for like 15 seconds," Barter said. 

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