On August 12, 2007, Izaiah Green, age fifteen of Harlem, New York, while visiting his family in North St. Louis, Missouri became the seventh drowning victim in the past two years to have lost his life in the Merrimac River in Castlewood State Park. According to news reports Izaiah died in "the same spot where five children died last year while on a church outing." Izaiahs uncle Jonathan Long nearly drowned trying to save his nephew who was only in waist deep water when he suddenly called for help. Jonathan described getting stuck in "a quick-sand like substance" as he got closer to Izaiah. The silty river bottom not only had him stuck but was actually pulling both he and Izaiah underwater. Observers formed a human chain and were able to save Jonathan after which, Izaiah could no longer be seen. Izaiahs family describes him as "an excellent swimmer". Rescue officials believe that Izaiah tried to remove his sandals by hand when he became further trapped and completely submerged underwater. After a two hour search Chief Vincent Loyal, Metro West Fire Chief stated to the press, "[Izaiah] was found in about twelve to fifteen feet of water, pretty close to where we've had pervious drowning events." The seemingly frustrated Chief added "We're having more of our share of unfortunate incidents in the Castlewood State Park area, and I hope that the State will direct some efforts to preventing those in the future. The Missouri State Department of Natural Recourses has some real issues that I believe they need to address," he concluded.

Currently there are no rules or laws against swimming in the Merrimack River. Apparently Lou Amighetti of Missouri State Water Patrol knows just how deadly the silty river bottom is as he stated to the press "You can get stuck in it very easily". Meanwhile according to news reports, Officials said, "That section of the river is extremely popular attracting more than 300 people each weekend." KMOV News reports that The State Water Patrol suggests, "Anyone who swims should wear a personal flotation device." However, there are no signs or any personnel appointed to enforce that suggestion. The park does however have a small caution sign, identical to signs you would find on any populated beach, reading, "CAUTION, SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK ..." However, the Fire Chief says he wants some type of supervision for that stretch of the Merrimac River. At the very minimum, this petition is calling for significant action from the State in response to the Fire Chiefs public recommendation.

The people who have signed this petition believe that after six people died in one area in just two years, five of them being children that died together in the same tragedy, that significant measures should have been taken to prevent the "Death Trap" from striking a seventh time. Very simply, Izaiah Greens death could have and should have been prevented. This petition is demanding that Matt Blunt, Governor of Missouri, The Missouri State Department of Natural Resources and The State Water Patrol promptly acts on adapting the Fire Chiefs recommendation for supervision in that area, and to do whatever is further necessary in the interest of preventing avoidable deaths. Investigators need not to be "wondering how this can happen again" as Jeff Small, KSDK News reports. We believe enough is enough and the time for solutions is far overdue.

Whether you knew Izaiah Green or his family, or someone passed this story along to you, please include your thoughts on this tragedy when signing the online petition. Thank you.

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  • 27 December 2015200. Andre R
    Izaiah was a good kid that I had the pleasure of knowing, to say the very least. It's painful to know that his death could have been prevented. I demand the State of Missouri to act now and to act responsibly! City New York City State New York
  • 20 December 2015199. Antoinette R
    Isaiah was a true spirit! The devastation that his death has caused can bare no words for comfort to his friends and family. Please don't let anymore children drown and approve this petition now! If you could see his page on "Myspace" you would understand
  • 14 December 2015198. Toni Hickman
    I support this petition
  • 20 November 2015197. Joanne Garcia
    No mother should ever have to bury a child! RIP Izaiah! City New York State NY
  • 04 November 2015196. Clarice Erickson
    i od miiss u izzy i dont know why it had 2 be u i cant wait till i see u again imma do wat i gotta do jusz 4 u i will alwaysz luv u !!!!!!!!!!!! City n.y State n.y
  • 30 October 2015195. Corey Watts
    I support this petition
  • 08 October 2015194. Jazmine Marshall
    I support this petition
  • 04 October 2015193. Jessica G
    I support this petition
  • 21 September 2015192. Sara L
    I support this petition
  • 19 September 2015191. Matilda Vaughn
    Condolences to the family of Izaiah Green.... Let his death not be in vein! City New York State NY
  • 28 August 2015190. Dawn Frye
    RIP Izaiah Green City Boca Raton State Florida
  • 15 August 2015189. Matt R
    I support this petition
  • 03 August 2015188. Jenice Stevenson
    R.i.P Izaiah something really needsz to be done so it wont happen again! City Bronx State N.Y
  • 09 July 2015187. Kira S
    I support this petition
  • 17 June 2015186. Loretta P
    Let the death of this child make a difference City New York State New York
  • 26 May 2015185. C F
    I support this petition
  • 07 May 2015184. Tina Anthony
    I support this petition
  • 04 May 2015183. Leo D
    sorry to hear about Jess City Bethalto State IL
  • 02 May 2015182. Katie Terpeningg
    I support this petition
  • 20 March 2015181. Jeffrey W
    I lost a good buddy this weekend July 19 2008 to the this river. and though i may not be the only person that has lost a friend or a loved one to this river, we need to come together and have this river banned from any canoe or floating trip. this river a
  • 17 March 2015180. Camille Mendoza
    RIP Izaiah Green City New York State NY
  • 17 March 2015179. Franchon H
    Damnnn Izzy ii od miss u!!!! ur gone but neva 4gotten..u always gonna b in my heart..ii luv u baby!!!! City NYC State united states
  • 09 March 2015178. Karen N
    I support this petition
  • 07 March 2015177. Jennifer Rojas
    damn izaiah i miss u sooo much....i just wish this never had happened love you ..urs trully jennifer City bronx State n.y
  • 06 March 2015176. Juny Dag
    R.!.P !ZzY M!sS u Od BL0Od City HaRleM S0 WO0o GaNG State new york
  • 20 December 2014175. Hueston T
    very sad story City dayton State ohio
  • 09 December 2014174. Steve W
    Please make proper changes before anyone else gets killed! City New York State NY

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Samuel SosaBy:
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Petition target:
Matt Blunt, Governor of Missouri, The Missouri State Department of Natural Resources and The State Water Patrol


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