The Brian & Nathan Keese Water Safety Organization was created following a horrible, yet preventable, tragedy that occured on a father/son camping and fishing excursion at Lake Stockton, MO.
Using the backdrop of this tragedy, the charitable and educational purpose of the Brian & Nathan Keese Water Safety Organization is to call attention to, and remedy, the current situation at Lake Stockton and other Missouri lakes by focusing on weather warning systems, life jacket and vest usage, and boat operator training.
Safety issues identified at Lake Stockton, MO include, but are not limited to, the following items:
National Assoc. of State boating Administrators (NASBLA)
WaterSafetyCongress.org (currently undergoing redesign)
The goal of the Brian & Nathan Keese Water Safety Organization is to work to outline, fund, and implement water safety and boating safety projects beginning at Lake Stockton, MO and growing to include all Missouri lakes.
Stockton Lake has 298 miles of shoreline and is managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The lake is approximately one hour northwest of Springfield, Missouri and covers 61,000 acres of land and water.
Brian and Nathan were enjoying a father/son weekend on Stockton Lake in Missouri when tragedy struck on March 27, 2010. Their boat overturned in rough 41 degree water resulting in their preventable drownings.
While over 90% of families with young children will be in the water at some point this summer, almost half (48%) plan to swim in a place with no lifeguard. Source: American Red Cross