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August 16, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Low cost life jackets for sale by Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle Parks and Recreation will sell low-cost life jackets 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 at Evans Pool, 7201 East Green Lake Dr. North in Seattle.

This summer, all boaters on King County rivers must wear a life jacket. Under the new county law, everyone must wear a life jacket when they are on rivers that include the south, middle and north forks and 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.

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

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. Sorry, Parks cannot offer refunds or returns.

Customers younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Fitters will be on site to help people choose the correct size. The person for whom the jacket is being purchased must be present for proper fitting.

Parks offers this program in partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital, Fisheries Supply, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Details: 206-684-7440 or email diane.jones@seattle.gov.

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