- Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17)9
- Two subjects of interest in 1992 homicide to take polygraph tests (1/15/17)8
- Business notebook: Jackson salon owner also opens a clothing store (1/16/17)
- Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17)6
- Cape SportsPlex contractor offers a look at the project (1/15/17)14
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)4
- Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17)21
- Local students to perform with choir at inauguration (1/19/17)3
- Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17)2
- Governor cuts $146 million, colleges take hit (1/17/17)
Ponds, lakes and streams are full of hidden dangers
Almost any water -- from your bathtub to an ocean -- can be dangerous. The Southeast Missourian frequently -- too frequently, really -- reports about mishaps in area ponds, lakes and rivers.
Some of these water-related accidents result in the deaths of the individuals involved. In a few cases, drinking alcoholic beverages while operating a boat is the cause of the tragedy. In other cases, boaters who can't swim don't use required flotation devices. On still other occasions, children don't receive proper supervision from adults.
Over time, any of these failures can result in emotional calamities.
But even careful and experienced individuals who have worked and played on and in the water for years occasionally are victims of the powerful forces in a stream or river. Two fishermen who have made weekly trips on the Mississippi River looking for catfish recently found their johnboat swamped. One of the fishermen was rescued. The other drowned.
Water is a tremendous magnet for fishing and recreation. But never underestimate the potential dangers of water, especially moving water.
That's why there are so many warnings in stormy weather about flash flooding on streets and highways. Water that isn't very deep can be deadly if it is runoff from a hard rain.
Please be careful when you are around water. And please take extra precautions when you or your loved ones are near the Mississippi River. It's a beautiful river, but its dangers are not to be ignored.