Last year, Washington ranked in the top 5 for all states for boating fatalities. This is not a ranking we want to see repeated this summer! However, as temperatures skyrocket many head to the water for relief and refreshment. However, even when the temps skyrocket past 100, the water temperatures can remain quite frigid due to mountain run-off. In fact, many rivers will still have temps in the 40’s or 50’s (and sometimes colder!) right now. These temperatures can easily cause cold-water shock, which can lead to drowning.
Be Safe, Wear a Life Jacket
Even the most experienced boater and swimmer should wear a life jacket when out on the water. In particular, small craft such as kayaks, canoes and SUPs are the most vulnerable to capsizing suddenly. Sudden immersion in cold water makes [...]