RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Many people are trying to cool off today by jumping into the James River for a swim, but not everyone is wearing a life jacket like they should be. You can even be fined $100 for not wearing one.
The signs at city parks are pretty clear - if the river level is above 5 feet, you must have a life jacket on to get in the water. But many people see that more as a suggestion than a requirement.
Head to the James River and you'll see a lot of people in the water, but not a lot of life vests. Anthony Melton is one of many people jumping in the James without a life jacket.
"We saw the signs (saying to wear a life jacket)," Melton said. "We're pretty hefty guys so it doesn't really work for us to wear those vests very comfortably, so we'll take the chance of just swimming in the water."
Firefighters were busy this afternoon responding to several calls of people stuck in the water without a life vest.