A Better Region 8: Wear your life jacket, don’t drown

A Better Region 8: Wear your life jacket, don’t drown

(KAIT) - Last week three people drowned on Missouri waterways.

All three were men.

In two of those cases, they were not wearing a life jacket. It’s unknown if the third person was or not.

Unfortunately, this is a common theme.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 88 percent of water-related deaths are men, and 84 percent of them were not wearing a life jacket.

It’s the law that children must wear life jackets.

And for a good reason.

Statistics show kids can drown in as little as 20 seconds.

That said, adults can drown in as little as 60 seconds.

Even if you’re a great swimmer, something unexpected like an injury can create a real fight for your life if you’re also fighting waves or a strong current.

Case in point, one of last week’s drownings involved a collision on the water.

To help get the word out about safety, the Corps of Engineers’ office at Lake Wappapello in southeast Missouri created a new campaign called “Life Jackets Worn, Nobody Mourns”.

They have a website: pleasewearit.com.

We love our rivers and lakes.

Let’s take a moment and give ourselves and our families some love too.

Put on a life jacket and stay safe this summer.

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