Summer is knocking at our door and that means it's just about time to get out on the water. But are you prepared to keep you and your loved ones safe?
Last year the marine unit for the Spokane County Sheriff's Office had 10 recoveries on Spokane County waterways. A recovery happens when someone is pulled out of the water and does not survive.
Each of those 10 people were not wearing life jackets, and this year the sheriff is making a push to make sure people know the rules and they follow them.
Gary Stiles has been fishing his entire life and he knows what he's doing. Still each time he takes his boat out he runs through an extensive checklist.
If you do forget anything, not to worry; Marine deputies will remind you.
"We are going to be out at every lake in Spokane County making sure people have their boating safety card, they have their life jackets, they have their whistle, all the essential things," Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlin said.
Another concern to be aware of, especially this time of year, is water temperature.
"Obviously it's that initial shock of that could water that is very dangerous to people," he said.
The bottom line is to make sure you know all the rules and have all your safety gear before you hit the water