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Forwarded on behalf of King County Sherriff's office.
Spring, the air warms, but Washington’s waterways remain cold. King County
Sheriff’s Office Marine Rescue Dive Unit are reminding boaters and paddlers
that wearing a life jacket is a safety necessity.
people are encouraged to always wear a life jacket no matter the water
temperature or season, public safety officials stress that wearing a life
jacket – not just having it on the boat – significantly increases the chances
of surviving a fall into cold water.
recent warmer weather, water temperatures statewide are still below 60 degrees
– cold enough to cause the gasp reflex and incapacitate even strong swimmers in
less than one minute.
Before the first launch of the season, boaters and paddlers are also reminded to review boating regulations and get educated, inspect their watercraft and gear, verify vessels are properly equipped and always wear a life jacket while out on the water.