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State Parks Boating Program urges stand up paddleboarders to wear life jacket, leash


OLYMPIA – The Washington State Parks Boating Program is urging stand up paddleboarders to be safe on the water by always wearing a life jacket and leash.

According to Washington state recreational boating accident data, six stand up paddleboard fatalities have occurred in the last 29 years — four of those have been in the last 30 days. 

“The fact that we’ve had four back-to-back fatalities is alarming,” said Rob Sendak, State Parks Boating Law Administrator. “Stand up paddleboarding is typically a safe and enjoyable activity, but it comes with risks, and people underestimate t...

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