Outdoors

Lake Roosevelt manager, local Rotary team to offer loaner life jackets

Visitors to the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area can borrow life jackets for use while the people are using the lake. The loaner program is a partnership between the National Park Service and the Grand Coulee Rotary Club.

The club paid to build two personal flotation device signs at the Crescent Bay and Spring Canyon boat launches. Park maintenance employees installed the signs.

Visitors who come to the park without life jackets or without the necessary number of the devices now have the option of borrowing life jackets from the park during their stay. Rangers also have an alternative when a boat operator arrives with an insufficient number of life jackets during a boat safety inspection. Rather than barring the boaters from using the lake, rangers can instead direct them to the loaners, said a Park Service news release.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics for 2013 show there were 4,062 recreational boating accidents that year that resulted in 560 deaths, 2,620 injuries and approximately $39 million dollars in property damage. Where the cause of death was known, 77 percent percent were due to drowning. Of these drownings, 84 percent of victims weren’t wearing life jackets.

Cambodian Cultural Celebration

Saltwater State Park in King County will be the location for the seventh annual Cambodian Cultural Celebration Saturday.

Members of the South Puget Sound Cambodian communities will celebrate their culture with performances of traditional music, dance, skits, drumming, and activities, contests, displays and demonstrations. Daravuth Huoth from the Royal Consulate of Cambodia will make a special appearance. In addition, Cambodian food will be available for purchase from Angkor Gourmet of Tacoma.

The free event runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The park is at 25205 Eight Place S., Des Moines. A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access the park for the event.

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