ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — A man loses his life, after trying to rescue a stranded family in the middle of the Mississippi River near downtown St. Louis last night.
The Coast Guard has identified the victim as Kyle R. Hardman, 55, of Barbourville, Kentucky. He was pronounced dead at St. Louis University Hospital after being pulled from the river. He worked for Inland Marine Services of Hebron, Kentucky.
Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Collin Fogarty says it all started when three men and two small children on a fishing boat apparently ran out of gas, and drifted into a barge, and began to take on water. Two of the workers on that barge tried to mount a rescue, but their boat flipped and they wound up in the water too.
“Everyone was pretty much in jeopardy at that moment,” said St. Louis Fire Department Capt. Dan Sutter. “But an additional barge tow, which had come along to assist in the rescue, was able to pull all seven people out of the water.”
The victims were brought ashore at Wharf Street and Chouteau, about one mile south of the Gateway Arch. One of the workers was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition, but later died of his injuries. The other worker, and the family, are believed to be fine.
The Coast Guard did not release the identities of those on the fishing boat, except for their ages and genders. On board were three men ages 38, 35 and 33 — and two small children, a four-year old boy and a one year old girl.
Everyone on the fishing boat and the two men who helped with the rescue were reportedly wearing life jackets — including the man who died.