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Fri., July 5, 2013, 10:48 a.m.

Inner tubes are vessels; life vests required

BOATING -- Sheriff's deputies and Fish and Wildlife Police across Washington are reminding summer funseekers that they can be nailed with an $87 fine for boating or floating without a lifejacket on rivers, and that includes inner tubing.

Most people don't know that people on inner tubes are required to have a personal flotation device (PFD) with them when traveling down river.

The law requires all vessels in the state to have PFDs for everyone on board, and the law defines "vessels" as any watercraft being used for transportation.

Some judges agree with his interpretation and some don't, so some people have successfully fought his citations in court.

But officers say they go by the letter of the law and the intent to prevent tragedies.


Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/07/05/2666594/87-fine-for-forgoing-life-jackets.html#storylink=cpy



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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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