“Marine rescue resources are limited and sometimes the closest help is still far away,” said Sgt. Mark Rorvik, a marine rescuer at the King County Sheriff’s Office.
It’s the preventable deaths that haunt those trying to save lives imperiled on the region’s rivers, lakes and waterways.
Sgt. Erik Olson of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Police’s marine detachment tells the story of a grandfather who took four of his grandchildren out shrimping south of Camano Island a few years ago. Their lines got tangled and the little boat flooded, then flipped. Two of the children, as well as the grandfather, died.
The victims were not wearing life jackets and the boat was overloaded.