Authorities warn of paddleboarding without a life jacket
A stark reminder of the importance of wearing a life jacket if you paddle board. Officials from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said they recovered the body of a 31-year-old man from Renton who drowned in Bumping Lake on Friday. The man fell off his board near the boat launch and, according to a press release, due to the lack of cell service reception in the Bumping Lake area, the signaller had to go to a emergency phone to call for help. The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office Navigation and Rescue Unit and Yakima County Fire District 14 responded. Upon arrival, they searched for the man but suspended the search on Friday evening due to lack of light. The search resumed on Saturday morning. Emergency personnel searched the area for about 3 hours before the man’s body was found on Saturday. The paddle board was recovered. Authorities say the man, who has not been identified, was not strapped to the painting and was not wearing a life jacket.
The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office reminds and encourages everyone to wear a life jacket when out on the water.
Experts say there are 7 dangers of paddleboarding.
The first is not to wear a life jacket. Many people die every year from lack of life jackets.
Do not check the weather conditions. Conditions that can lead to rough waters.
Failure to properly hold the paddle. This error can bring you down.
Not knowing how to swim. People should know how to swim before going out in the open water.
No paddleboarding with a group. People can stay close and look at each other.
Not knowing how to paddle in shallow water where dangers can lurk like rocks and holes that can break bones.