SPOKANE, Wash. -- Emergency crews have made fewer trips to save people in dangerous circumstances on the Spokane River.
Last year there were more than a dozen people who weren’t wearing life jackets and drowned. The Spokane County Sheriff says they’re aren’t sure why there is a decrease this year.
The Sheriff says people need to be prepared and they need to wear a life jacket.
This year a local kayaker decided to do something about all the drownings. He installed life jacket stations at some of the trailheads along the Centennial Trail. So, if you don’t have a lifejacket you can borrow one from the stations.
Tuber Cheyanne Mauro says she wears her jacket to feel safe and avoid a ticket.
“I have seen the cops and the patrolmen watch us. Once you get into the water you have to wear it because who knows what could happen,” said Mauro.