Fire crews respond to family’s tipped canoe in Lake Ballinger Sunday

A family of four canoeing in Lake Ballinger experienced a scary moment Sunday morning when their canoe tipped and they ended up in the lake. Snohomish County Fire District 1 crews were called to the scene, but fortunately all four family members — included two children ages 3 and 5 — were wearing life jackets, said Fire District 1 spokesperson Leslie Hynes. The family was able to right the boat and paddle back to shore, she said.

Hynes said it isn’t clear who called 911 after the canoe flipped around 10:30 a.m., but fire crews and Mountlake Terrace police responded to the call, according to our neighbor news site MLT News, which has photos of the event here. Fire crews warmed up the family with blankets but all of the boat’s passengers were unharmed, reinforcing the importance of recreational boaters wearing life jackets at all times, Hynes added.

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