Seventh Victim To Drown In Meramec River In Two Years
- It is the seventh drowning in
Castlewood State Park in the last two years. Sunday, a 15-year
old died and investigators are wondering how this could have
Isaiah Green was visiting
from New York. He was celebrating a relative's birthday on the
banks of the Meremac River. But the celebration turned tragic,
when Green and his cousin went for a swim.
near the river say caution, but it was a warning that went
unheeded. Witnesses say Green was swimming near the middle of
the channel when he yelled for help, then dropped beneath the
"He went under, some guy jumped in, some guy
and his dog, and the guy swam toward the kid," Adrian Brewer
said. "And the guy dove down under there, went looking for
him, couldn't get him. He went about 15 feet down and didn't
Rescue crews came quickly, searching the
murky Meremac River, with divers and with dogs. Two hours
later, it was a yellow lab named Candy who recovered the
"We did two passes with the boat and Candy
alerted," Brad Stahlman with Quest Search and Rescue
"He was found in about 12 to 15 feet of water,
pretty close to where we've had previous drowning events,"
Metro West Fire Chief Vincent Loyal said.
This is the
same spot where five children died last year while on a church
outing. Rescuers say the combination of inexperienced
swimmers, a changing current and a silty river bottom can be
"You can get stuck in it very easily and if
you're not a very strong swimmer and you're trying to get out
of it you may not be able to kick," Lou Amighetti with the
Missouri State Water Patrol said.
Isaiah Green had been
visiting from Brooklyn, New York, and might not have realized
the dangers of the Meremac. But rescue crews do, and they want
something to be done.
"Unfortunately we're having more
of our share of unfortunate incidents in the Castlewood State
Park area and I would hope the state would direct some efforts
to preventing those in the future," Loyal
Officials say that section of the river is
extremely popular, attracting more than 300 people each