Local mother advocating for life jacket safety

Posted at 5:21 AM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 06:21:04-04

CORPUS CHRISTI – May is National Water Safety Month, and one local mother is making it her mission to educate the public on life jacket safety after her son drowned in May of 2016.

“I can honestly say I never thought about drowning until it was too late. You know, it was something that happened to other people and unfortunately, now I’m other people,” Kenyatta Duckworth said.

Duckworth said her son was a good swimmer. He was a sophomore on the varsity football team.

That’s why she is partnering with two other Texas mothers to warn swimmers that no matter how physically fit, no one is immune to the dangers of drowning.

“It’s really just to encourage parents and teens to talk about drowning and water safety, because no one is drown proof,” Duckworth said.

These mothers are turning their grief into food through the “Dare To Wear One” campaign.

“We want to encourage people to wear life vests when out in open water. Beaches, lakes… it’s all unforgiving. The best thing to do is, as soon as your toe hits that water, put on a vest,” Duckworth said.

A videographer producer a public service announcement that is now circulating on social media, and will be shown at movie theaters across the state during the summer months.