St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - U.S. Coast Guard officials have released the name of a barge worker who died following Tuesday night's rescue of a half dozen people stranded on the Mississippi River, just south of the Gateway Arch.
The incident began around 7:30 p.m., when three adults and two children, ages 1 and 4, were in a bass boat that ran out of gas. The boat drifted 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.
Another barge saw what was happening last evening and plucked all 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.
One of the barge workers, 55-year-old Kyle Hardman, died at the hospital due to injuries sustained in the rescue attempt.
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.