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Idaho boating rule for invasive species stickers clarified; education merit questioned

Most kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are among the vessels required to have state Invasive Species Stickers before launching in Idaho waters, state officials says. The requirement surprises some boaters with small vessels, officials say. And some boaters say they wouldn’t mind paying the fee if it resulted in more education about the consequences of aquatic invasive species.

Girl, 14, killed by lightning while on personal watercraft

A 14-year-old girl has died and a woman was hospitalized in critical condition after lightning struck the personal watercraft they were riding across a reservoir straddling the Utah-Wyoming border, authorities said.

Matching supersonic waves with safety

With the power of a motorcycle and the speed nearly to match, personal watercraft drivers are the drag racers of the water. That speed and maneuverability can turn a hot summer afternoon into an epic day to remember. Or, that much power behind inexperienced hands can instantly transform the thrill into a tragedy.

Man loses foot after being hit by boat

A Deer Park man lost his foot Saturday after his left leg was hit by a boat attempting to avoid a collision with the man, who had borrowed his friend’s personal watercraft on Twin Lakes north of Rathdrum. Brynne Malone, 48, borrowed a Sea-Doo personal watercraft about 4 p.m. Saturday and was riding north toward a narrow waterway connecting the two lakes just as a 17-foot Sea-Ray came through, said Kootenai County sheriff’s Sgt. Matt Street.