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Recent Paddleboard deaths underscore need for life jackets and leashes


August 15, 2019

Leashes and life jackets are important for stand-up paddleboard safety.

OLYMPA-The Washington State Parks Boating Program is urging stand-up paddleboarders to be safe by always wearing a life jacket and leash. According to Washington state recreational boating accident data, there have been only six stand-up paddleboard fatalities in the last 29 years, however, four of those have occurred in the last 30 days, according to a State Parks release.

"The fact that we've had four back-to-back fatalities is alarming," said Rob Sendak, State Parks Boating Law Administrator. "Stand-up paddleboarding is typically a safe and enjoyable activity, but it comes with risks, a...

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