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Officials Urge Water Safety

speed boatThe Army Corps of Engineers is urging boaters to be cautious over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The corps’ Kansas City District says there have been 14 water-related deaths this year at the 18 lakes it manages in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

The agency says none of the 14 people was wearing a life jacket, and alcohol was a contributing factor in nine drownings. Five of the deaths happened around the July 4 and Memorial Day holidays.

Corps officials say boaters should wear life jackets, recognize that swimming in open water is more difficult than in a swimming pool and monitor children when they are near the water.

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