A fundraiser is underway to equip the Cultus Lake Fire Hall with a rescue boat, in light of recent drownings on the lake. (GoFundMe)

Cultus Fire Hall fundraising for rescue boat following increase in drownings

Former deputy chief raising $6,000 via GoFundMe to help reduce drowning deaths on water

A fundraiser is underway to get a rescue boat for the Cultus Lake Fire Hall.

The cause has been taken up by the hall’s former deputy chief, Glenn Charles.

“This year, unfortunately there has been an increase in drownings and water incidents on the lake,” he writes in the GoFundMe account, Cultus Lake Fire Department Rescue Boat.

READ MORE: LETTER: Drowning witnesses upset at emergency response

They have set a goal of $6,000 for the new boat, which will be used by the fire rescue crew to respond to emergencies on the lake. The hope is to save time, and potentially lives.

“Purchasing this boat will help decrease the time it takes to get to a drowning or emergency on the water,” Charles says. “We believe being proactive to an emergency will eliminate any further deaths, tragedies and save lives.”

The money donated will go directly to the Cultus Lake Fire Hall, and any excess donations will be redirected to training for search and water rescue.

In just one day, more than $1,200 has been raised toward the total goal. To learn more, visit Cultus Lake Fire Department Rescue Boat.

READ MORE: Good Samaritan tells story of finding body of young man who drowned at Cultus Lake


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