Trooper: Be smart when swimming in lakes

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A fun day on the lake can take a tragic turn in a matter of seconds. The Missouri State Highway Patrol, which monitors lakes across the state, said there are ways to help reduce the risk and still have fun on the water.

Cpl. David Campbell patrols the water of Blue Springs Lake looking for people in need of help. He said the most common cause of drownings involve alcohol or people trying to swim farther than they’re trained for.

“If it’s farther than their skill is allowing for and they can’t make it, there’s only one other thing that can happen, which is not something good,” Campbell said.

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