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Important water and boating safety tips


Last updated 7/7/2020 at 12:36pm

Beacon photo by Christopher Kim

Martha Lake is a popular spot for swimming and boating during the hot season for Mill Creek residents. In 2014, a 70-year-old man had drowned and died in this lake while going on a swim unsupervised. Always swim with a buddy.

Summer is almost officially upon us, and with sweltering days ahead, many are looking forward to getting in the water this season. However, experts caution eager swimmers and boaters to know the risks before jumping in.

"It's amazing to me, over the years, seeing how fast accidents on the water can happen" Heather Chadwick, a public information officer from the Snohomish Fire District 7, said. "We always have that internal idea that none of this is going to happen to us. But, honestly, accidents can happen really quickly and there's not a lot of time involved when trying to help."

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