JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - The number of drownings in Missouri this year has already surpassed last year’s total.
Captain Tim Hull of the Missouri Highway Patrol says 24 people have died on Missouri waterways, so far. That’s four more than all of last year.
“Ages range from 16 up to 92. Most of them have been male victims and have not been wearing a life jacket, ” Hull says.
His best advice is for all Missouri boaters to wear life jackets—as well as those who go swimming in lakes, ponds, and rivers, “There’s a new type that comes in the form of a small fanny pack they can wear. It’s not real intrusive that way. If you do need it, you pull a little cord and there’s your life jacket. It’s pretty easy and simple.”
Hull says a few of this year’s drownings happened during the flooding of late spring and early summer.