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By Christopher Kim
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Important water and boating safety tips


Last updated 6/25/2020 at 6:09pm

David Pan

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.

Washington waters can be deceptively appealing and dangerous at the same time all year round, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

During the summer, water that is warm on the surface can be much colder below. The risks of cold water shock and hypothermia, which occurs when the body is suddenly submerged in cold water, can lead to hyperventilation, cardiac...

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