Kansas drowning deaths on pace to hit a 10-year high

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - The number of people who have drowned in Kansas is on pace to reach a 10-year high.

According to the Army Corp of Engineers, there have been 16 drowning deaths so far this year. That's more than all of last year.

The latest victim, 16-year-old Daniel Allen died over the weekend when he was swept under the water by a wave at Cheney Park. He never resurfaced despite efforts of his brother and a friend.

"I got up under him, grabbed him by the arm pits and I was holding him up out of the water," Mitchel Mees, Daniel's brother, said

Allen's Dad and the Army Corp of Engineers say it is important to wear a life jacket, even if you can swim and especially in rough waters.

The Army Corps of Engineers recommends always wearing a life jacket, even if you know how to swim, particularly in rough waters.

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