Water safety in focus as warm weather returns to Northwest

Blow-hole along the Strait of Juan De Fuca west of Neah Bay

Kayaker is sprayed by a blow-hole along the Strait of Juan De Fuca west of Neah Bay. Photo: DNR

Last weekend’s warm temperatures drew large crowds to Washington State’s lakes, rivers, ocean beaches and Puget Sound. Unfortunately, the exodus to enjoy the water also brought tragic drownings and many close calls, notes the Sky Valley Chronicle. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and other public agencies have issued public service announcements promoting water safely for rafters, boaters and swimmers.

Additional water safety reminders come from the Washington State Department of Health

If you operate a boat, you’ll need to get your Boater Education Card from State Parks and have one U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket available for each person aboard.

Find waterside recreation sites for DNR-managed lands, recreation rules, opening and closure information, and more on our Recreation web page

By the way, National Boating Safety Week starts this Saturday.

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