Two years ago today, a boating trip on Stockton Lake turned into a tragedy for the Keese family.
36-year-old Brian Keese’s capsized jon boat. Neither Keese nor his 8-year-old son, Nathan, had been wearing life jackets, and both had drowned.
Camilla Molica, Brian Keese’s wife.is now pushing lawmakers to increase water safety regulations in order to prevent future deaths. The measure is House Bill 1452. and would require children ages 14 and younger to wear life jackets. The current cutoff is age 7.
Missouri’s age requirement is lower than several surrounding states. There are also statistics from the National Safe Boating Council that said Missouri in 2011 ranked No. 6 in boating accidents.