Drowning deaths nearly tripled last year, Yakima officials are concerned as weather warms up

  • Source: KIMA-TV CBS News Yakima
  • Published: 06/22/2022 12:00 AM

The weather is finally warming up. This upcoming weekend we're expected to see some 90 degree weather, but officials are waving the red flag, warning people as they get ready to dive in about the lurking dangers of swimming in rivers. "You never know what's going to be underneath the water," said Casey Schilperoort, public information officer for Yakima Sheriff's department. According to the coroner's annual report, 2021 was the worst year by far in fresh water drownings. Ten people lost their lives compared to just three in 2020 and one in 2019. Today officials say, the summer heat wave put people in a position to swim anywhere, just to cool off. And though the heat is off to a late start, they fear this year won't be much different.


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