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Boating Program reminds the public to be safe on the water

Recent drownings underscore the need for diligence


August 13, 2020

Beka Compton

Gracie demonstrates proper water safety.

OLYMPIA-As summer heats up, the Washington State Parks Boating Program urges boaters and paddlers to adhere to safe practices on the water, including wearing a life jacket at all times.

In the last 30 days, 25 recreational boating accidents and five fatalities have occurred across the state.

"We are asking all boat and paddle-craft owners and operators to help reduce fatalities and injuries on the water," said Rob Sendak. "Boaters need to take personal responsibility for their safety as well as the safety of their passengers."

According to Washington's recreational boating accident data, i...

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