Lake Washington boating season opens today

Seattle’s boating season opens today with the “Parade of Boats” beginning at 12:00 pm on Lake Washington. The three hour parade includes more than 300 boats of all kinds including “rowboats, steamships and classic wooden craft,” according to Brad Wong’s article in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Wong’s article also includes a “plea for common sense” while boating to avoid boating accidents and drowning deaths. That plea includes safety tips including keeping your vessel seaworthy, wearing personal flotation devices (life jackets), avoiding alcohol while boating and adhering to the speed limit. Since 2003, 16 people have died in King County in boating accidents.
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According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the following are the causes for boating accidents:

  • Grounding, capsizing, sinking, flooding or swamping
  • Falls within or overboard a vessel
  • Persons ejected from a vessel
  • Fire or explosion
  • Water-skiing or other mishap involving a towable device (tube or wakeboard)
  • Collision with another vessel or object
  • Striking a submerged object
  • A person struck by a vessel, propeller, propulsion unit, or steering machinery
  • Carbon monoxide exposure
  • Electrocution due to stray current related to a vessel
  • Casualties while swimming from a vessel because a vessel is not anchored, moored or docked – and – the vessel drifts away from the swimmer and the swimmer is unable to get back to the vessel.
  • Casualties while swimming from a vessel in an attempt to retrieve a lost item, another person, or another vessel.

http://uscgboating.org/statistics/Boating_Statistics_2006.pdf

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