King County advises people to exercise caution while swimming in rivers

The large number of people enjoying area lakes and rivers kept the Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit very busy.

The Marine Unit responded to incidents on Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish and the Green River.

With more warm weather today and summer around the corner, the Sheriff would like to remind people of the importance of personal floatation devices – life jackets.

A properly fitted life jacket should be warn at all times when in and around our lakes and rivers.

In many cases, life jackets save lives.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case on the Green River this weekend where Drew Neilson was killed.

Mr. Neilson, an Everett City Council member, was properly equipped and his tragic death occurred despite the fact that he was wearing a personal floatation device.

Flotation devices are like seatbelts.

They often help you survive the unexpected, but unfortunately there are no guarantees.

Please enjoy responsible recreation on the water this summer. Stay sensible, safe and sober.


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