A cross still sits high atop a cliff overlooking the scene of a tragedy on Lake Cumberland. A reminder of what can go wrong….on an otherwise day of fun.
“You want to keep an eye out for other boaters, know what you’re doing,” said Stephen Jessie, who traveled down to Lake Cumberland from near Louisville. He hadn’t heard of the recent death of John Tyler Pickerell who wasn’t wearing a life vest when he drowned….but to him such a safety measure is simply common sense.
“We always have our safety equipment, and get our life jackets and such,” said Jessie.
It’s that measure of security that’s needed when simple incidents happen. It’s security that three year old Jacob Collins of Pulaski County understands.
“So I won’t drown,” the young boy said.
Many on the lake Monday said they often see teenagers without them on, the problem they say, being the “it won’t happen to me” mentality.
“Most of the time you can go out and swim and kind of get away with whatever. You just don’t know what the situation is going to unfold in front of you. Better to be safe than sorry,” said Jessie.
302 people have drowned on Lake Cumberland. Officials say 301 of those were not wearing life jackets.