KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON - Today, King County Executive Ron Sims, Public Health — Seattle & King County, the American Red Cross, and members of the Washington State Drowning Prevention Network met at Issaquah's Julius Boehm Pool to honor several local heroes who performed water rescues and to promote April Pools Day 2005.
"Boating, swimming, and leisure time at the beach create precious summer memories," said King County Executive Ron Sims. "However, as a former lifeguard, I know that water activities can also be dangerous. April Pools Day events provide a fun way to learn how to minimize the dangers of water sports."
Saturday, April 16, is April Pools Day at pools in King County and around the State. April Pools Day was conceived twelve years ago as an enjoyable way to teach children, youth and adults how to stay safe in the water. Many April Pools Day events combine water safety activities and a free swim for families. This year 39 pools in King County and around Washington will take part in April Pools Day during the month of April.
"Swimming, kayaking, and canoeing are great ways to have fun and be physically active," said Dr. Alonzo Plough, Director and Health Officer for Public Health — Seattle & King County. "However, last year 20 King County residents drowned. Please protect yourself and loved ones by diligently supervising children, wearing a life jacket or vest when in or around open water, and avoiding the deadly mix of alcohol, drugs, and water activities."
"I encourage everyone to spend their summer relaxing at our county's beautiful pools and beaches, but always remember the importance of water safety. Drowning is a leading cause of injury death, especially among youth," said King County Councilmember and King County Board of Health Chair Carolyn Edmonds.
More information on water safety and a list of participating pools is online or call the Red Cross at 206-726-3544.
"Every year Issaquah's Julius Boehm Pool sponsors a lively April Pools Day and this year is no exception," said Issaquah Mayor and King County Board of Health member Ava Frisinger. "Join us tomorrow at this beautiful pool and learn how to stay safe in the water."
At today's event Executive Sims and others honored the following people: