Corps urges visitors to think ‘safety first’
KANSAS CITY, Mo.— In light of a spike in water-related fatalities at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes this recreation season, officials are urging the public to think “safety first” at while recreating on or near the water.
The Kansas City District, which manages 18 lakes throughout Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, has experienced 74 water-related fatalities in the past nine years.
“Of these 74, only one person was wearing a life jacket,” said Jonathan Carlisle, water safety program manager for the district. “Additionally, 72 of the 74 fatalities were males. We want all individuals, no matter your swimming abilities, to wear a life jacket at all times when on a vessel. Most drowning victims never intended to be in the water.”
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