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Bill would post warnings about cold water shock


Last updated 1/17/2022 at 10:44am

March 23, 2021 was a sunny day in Lewis County.

Zachary Lee Rager, an 18-year-old Centralia teen wanting to take advantage of the pleasant weather, headed to a familiar hang out with some friends, a bridge connecting the banks of Chehalis River.

When Zachary jumped, he did not know how cold the water would be. He did not know the temperature would read only 42 degrees Fahrenheit.

“He jumped off this bridge so many times, he’d done this time and time again with all his friends,” Lee Hines, Zachary’s stepfather said. “But the difference this time was the river changed.”

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