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Missourians Urged to be Safe on the Water

Too many people drown every summer in Missouri lakes and rivers. Health officials are urging caution with the kickoff of Memorial Day weekend. (moparks.gov)
Too many people drown every summer in Missouri lakes and rivers. Health officials are urging caution with the kickoff of Memorial Day weekend. (moparks.gov)
May 26, 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Boating season is about to kick into high gear on waterways around the state, and officials are urging Missouri swimmers and boating enthusiasts to take the proper precautions to stay safe. Nearly 30 people in the state died of accidental drowning or submersion in 2014.

Sergeant Al Bavarska, with the Department of Natural Resources, Marine Safety Law Enforcement Division, said most people who drown in a boating or personal watercraft accident would be alive if they had been wearing a life jacket.

"Most of the boaters comply with the law, but their life jackets are either stored, inaccessible and they can't be reached," he said. "If they're wearing their jacket, that would avoid most fatalities on the water."

One life jacket is required for each person on a watercraft, and kids younger than age six must be wearing one at all times. On a personal watercraft or jet ski, a life jacket is required for those riding or being towed.

Many boating accidents involve the use of alcohol. Bavarska notes it's illegal for anyone to operate a boat or personal watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

"One bottle of beer or prescription drugs can affect your operation abilities when you're navigating on the water, compounded with the sun beating on you, or the cold weather or just a rough sea," he said.

Before heading out on the water for the season, he encourages boaters to ensure the equipment on their vessel is operating correctly, including the battery, fire extinguisher and navigational lights. National Safe Boating Week runs through Friday.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MO