Fire Chief Thinks Warning Sign at Castlewood Should be More Explicit

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Two more drownings in the Meramec River at Castlewood state park has one fire chief calling for a warning that goes beyond the sign reading: “Swim at your own risk.”

Metro West Fire Chief Vince Loyal aims his comments directly at the state, specifically the Department of Natural Resources:

“If your in the business of running parks you should have the expertise in providing appropriate notification.” Chief Loyal told KMOX.

Chief Loyal doesn’t offer any suggestions and he wouldn’t say whether he thinks the sign should be more graphic.

No one from the Department of Natural Resources returned a call from KMOX.

Two young men who were not considered strong swimmers ventured into the current and soon disappeared into the Meramec River Tuesday. 

They were with two others who got nearby fishermen to dial 9-1-1…but any thought of a rescue soon turned into recovery with the use of sonar and a cadaver dog riding in a boat trained to pick up the scent of surfacing human scent.

Buy three o’clock they had pulled the bodies of both out of the Meramec.

Copyright KMOX Radio

  • Skyla

    NO, the sign doesn’t need to be more explicit OR bigger. People just need to use common sense. The river is a dangerous place and everyone should respect that. I was just at the Meramec on Monday and I know that there sudden drop offs. So that means, that you don’t go in water that is over chest deep.

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