A fishing boat leaves Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham in September of 2013. According to statistics released last week by the Washington State Parks Boating Program, there were only two boating accidents in Whatcom County water in 2017 — down from eight in 2016, though boating-related fatalities remained at one.
A fishing boat leaves Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham in September of 2013. According to statistics released last week by the Washington State Parks Boating Program, there were only two boating accidents in Whatcom County water in 2017 — down from eight in 2016, though boating-related fatalities remained at one. Staff The Bellingham Herald file
A fishing boat leaves Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham in September of 2013. According to statistics released last week by the Washington State Parks Boating Program, there were only two boating accidents in Whatcom County water in 2017 — down from eight in 2016, though boating-related fatalities remained at one. Staff The Bellingham Herald file

As National Safe Boating Week is recognized, how safe are Whatcom County's waterways?

May 23, 2018 05:00 AM