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One person killed in Mississippi River rescue in St. Louis

3:25 AM, Jun 13, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis, MO (KSDK)-   U.S. Coast Guard officials confirm one person has died following the rescue of a half dozen people stranded on the Mississippi River just south of the Gateway Arch Tuesday night.

The incident began around 7:30 p.m. when three adults and two children were in a bass boat and it ran out of gas. The boat was then forced up against a barge that was coming down the river.

Two of the barge workers got into a smaller boat to try and help the distressed boaters.  Their boat overturned, dropping both workers into the river.

The bass boat then began filling with water.

The identity of the person who died overnight has not been released, and Coast Guard officials say it will be sometime later Wednesday before any additional information is disclosed.

Another barge saw what was happening last evening and plucked the seven people from the water and transported them to the side of the river at Wharf Street and Chouteau, about one mile south of the Gateway Arch.

Three other people were taken to an area hospital for an evaluation of possible injuries. 

It is unknown why the occupants of the bass boat were on the Mississippi River. 

KSDK

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