Number of Missouri Drowning Deaths Increasing in 2021

(AP) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Missouri recorded more drowning deaths in the first six months of this year than at any time since the patrol began recording drownings in 2008.

The patrol says 47 people have drowned since the beginning of the year. Those numbers do not include drownings officially listed as boating accidents.

The average number of drowning deaths for the first half of the year since 2008 is 39. Patrol spokesman Kyle Green said it is unclear why drownings have increased this year.