Listen and Live: Deputies Implore Boaters to Wear Life Jackets

Author: Mark Miller [KOMO News]

LAKE SAMMAMISH, Wash. — “Can I get you a beer?” one deputy said to the other. “Sure, I’ll have one.”

An instant later, both men capsized in their canoe after one of them stood up to demonstrate how quickly reaching for the cooler can turn a pleasant day on the water into tragedy.

The beer and the cooler were pretend, but the message was very real.

“All if takes is a small miscalculation, and a little bit of ignorance about the water, and you can suddenly be fighting for your life,” said Deputy Charlie Akers, a member of the King County Sheriff’s Marine Dive Rescue Team.

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