According to the Missouri Water Patrol, 15 drownings and nine boating deaths have already occurred this year on the state’s waterways. Over the course of last year, 50 drownings and 14 boating deaths had occurred. In Illinois, there has been five drownings so far this year already. Fortunately, this 4th of July holiday was seemingly free of water-related fatalities and injuries, however as the weather heats up, drownings, deaths and injuries increase. This last weekend, temperatures soared into the high nineties and drew numerous Missouri and Illinois residents to lakes and rivers. In turn, there were a handful of drownings. Authorities are worried, because the summer’s just heating up.
The Department of Natural Resources says that in extreme heat, drownings increase as people try to escape the heat. As high heat draws individuals to local lakes and rivers, it is important not to let the pursuit of fun override common sense. ALL water can pose hazards, so remember to wear life jackets and use common sense while enjoying lakes and rivers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released statistics that nationwide, around 10 individuals die daily from drowning. This makes drowning rank sixth in leading causes of unintentional death for people of all ages. In order to attempt to avoid water-related injuries or a wrongful death, always wear life jackets, designate a driver or caretaker if individuals are drinking on a boat and watch alcohol consumption in general. Have a safe and fun summer!