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- Perryville family organizing bone-marrow drive Friday for ailing 6-year-old boy (4/26/17)
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)1
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- Temptations bassist dies after Cape Girardeau show (4/26/17)2
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- BBB warns Jackson man's online business might not be legit (4/24/17)
- Cape couple turns their home into cozy, comfortable music venue (4/24/17)
- Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)5
- Sikeston man charged in shooting death of Cape man (4/23/17)
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.