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Local leaders discuss to raise awareness for water safety

Posted at 9:53 PM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 00:36:34-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — Just a few months after tragically losing their son in a drowning, Kiwana and Terrance Denson are leading discussions on beach safety.

The Denson's son, Je'Sani Smith,drowned in April after he got caught in rip currents at the beach.

Thursday, the couple met with Commissioner Brent Chesney and State Representative Todd Hunter at Del Mar College to discuss a need for state-wide support of their mission to educate and raise awareness of water safety and rip currents.

Kiwana Denson says the county has made a lot of progress in the area but she wants to see more done.

Denson says, "Even thought we may have lots of signage some people just don't see the signs and it think its going to take a lot more voicing and talking to people on the beaches and letting them know that the rip currents are highly dangerous."

Congressman Hunter represents the Texas Coast and says he will do his part to raise awareness at the state level for the entire coast.

The family encourages everyone to sign up for reverse alert which will send you coastal beach alerts to your email and or cell phone if you choose.