(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.