Four Die On Missouri Waterways Over Labor Day Weekend
September 6, 2011
Labor Day weekend for many means a chance to get away to the lake or river for a few days of fun on the water. However, fatality numbers from years past show that the extra traffic on area bodies of water, mixed with an increase in alcohol consumption, can lead to a rise in the number of deaths. This year proved no different on Missouri’s waterways, with a total of four deaths over the holiday weekend.
KSDK 5 News reported two men died after being involved in a three-boat crash on the Osage River Saturday. Four other people were hospitalized in connection with the accident.
On Sunday, a 22-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, man drowned in Smithville Lake. Witnesses said he was attempting to swim across a cove in the lake when he began to struggle. The man went under the water and never surfaced again.
Finally, on Labor Day, the body of a 93-year-old man was found in the Lake of the Ozarks. Investigators stated the man fell off a dock while fishing and drowned.
The Missouri Boat Accident Lawyers with Cofman Townsley say the best way to protect yourself from drowning is to always wear your life jacket when on a boat, participating in water sports, or are anywhere near water if you cannot swim.
If you have been injured in a boat accident, Cofman Townsley’s team of attorneys can be reached anytime for a free consultation of your case.