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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 10, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Seattle Parks and Recreation offers low cost life jackets

Seattle Parks and Recreation will sell low-cost life jackets 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the Evans Pool, 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N. in Seattle.

This summer, all boaters on King County rivers must wear a life jacket. The new county law says everybody must wear a life jacket when they are on rivers that include the south, middle and north forks as well as the main stem of the Snoqualmie River; the south fork of the Skykomish River; the Tolt River; the Raging River; the Sammamish River; the Cedar River; the White River; and the Green River.

This new law also applies to people tubing, rafting, using a surfboard, canoe or kayak. Swimmers or people wading more than 5 feet from shore or in water more than 4 feet deep, also have to wear life jackets.

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among children ages 1-14 years old.

Washington State law requires children ages 12 and younger to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket or life vest on vessels shorter than 19 feet, and there must be a life jacket on board for each person older than 12.

The cost for life jackets sizes infant to youth large is $20, and for teens to adult size XXL, $30. The life jackets are comfortable, high quality vests in fashion colors.

Future life jacket sales will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. For more details, call 206-684-7440.

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