Bodies of missing swimmers pulled from Meramec River at Castlewood State Park

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A day out on the water in Castlewood State Park took a dangerous turn that had emergency responders looking for two people who went underwater and didn’t resurface.

First responders got the call around 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon from the park.

Bystanders say 3 people were struggling in the Meramec River.

Rescue crews say bystanders were able to pull one person out of the water, but two others did not come back up. Crews used canines, dive teams, and sonar to locate the missing persons.

Late Saturday evening divers recovered the bodies of the swimmers.

The victims were identified as 12-year-old Deniya Johnson and 35-year-old Rose Shaw of Florissant, Mo. Johnson was a friend of Shaw's daughter.

“This river can be unpredictable, and the depth changes very quickly," said Michael Thiemann with Metro West Emergency management.

Over the past few years the park has put out more signs about the dangers of swimming and it’s changed access ways to the water in the hopes of improving safety.


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