Grandfather of drowning victim pushes for new state law

SMITHVILLE, Missouri - The grandfather of a Missouri drowning victim is asking for a new state law to prevent future child-drownings.

Chris Gerlt is 7-year old Hannah Gerlt’s grandfather. On July 17th Hannah drowned in Smithville Lake. She was not wearing a lifejacket. Chris Gerlt wants a new state law that would require children to wear life jackets while swimming in public lakes.

“There was no law to protect her,” said Chris Gerlt. “She was such a lovely child and it was senseless what happened to her,” he added. “I’m going to make sure it doesn’t happen to someone else’s little girl,” Gerlt concluded.

Gerlt wants a new law to be called Hannah’s Law. He says the measure should also require lifeguards at public lakes and swimming places and swimming areas should be clearly designated.

If you would like to help Chris Gerlt push for Hannah’s Law you can contact Park Hill Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. 

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