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Boating Accidents Resulting In Drownings Are On The Rise

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PREVENTABLE TRAGEDY - Recent drownings making the news reflect a disturbing trend: a big jump in boating deaths that experts say can be easily prevented. It was reported that Shreveport City Marshall Charlie Caldwell drowned when fell off a boat near Destin, Florida, reports say he wasn’t wearing a life-vest. Closer to home, Texas State park officials reports three deaths at Lavon Lake last weekend – all these could have been prevented if the victims were wearing life jackets. Cody Jones is the boating law administrator for Texas Parks and Wildlife.

“The simple fact of placing that life tagging on yourself is just like putting a seatbelt when you get in the car. It'll save your life and there are a number of options out there for personal floatation devices nowadays,” Jones said.

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Jones says a majority of victims who died in boating accidents last year, more than 90 percent weren’t wearing life jackets. Texas has had more than a 30 percent increase in drowning deaths in the past two years.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' experience to Red River Radio having started out as a radio news reporter and moving into television journalism as a newsmagazine producer / host, talk-show moderator, programming director and managing producer and news director / anchor for commercial, public broadcasting and educational television. He has more recently worked in advertising, marketing and public relations as a writer, video producer and media consultant. In pursuit of higher learning, Chuck studied Mass Communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.