An afternoon on the water turns dangerous when one boater tried to help a stranded boater. The first boat capsized, throwing two adults and four children into the water.
One toddler was trapped under the boat for about ten minutes. She arrived at Children's in critical condition but is now in stable condition.
The water rescuers feel bad for the family, so they will not criticize any of their actions, but they do warn anyone planning to take to the Meramec to call water patrol or the conservation department first to check on conditions.
If it is swollen like it is now, they say its best not to risk it. One thing that helped greatly - all the children were wearing life vests.