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Barge worker dies after trying to help stranded family in Mississippi River

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A barge worker died after trying to rescue a family in a capsized fishing boat in the Mississippi River Tuesday night.

Authorities said Kyle Hardman, 55, died after being taken to St. Louis University Hospital. Police said he worked for Kentucky-based Inland Marine Services

Coast Guard officials said around 7:15 p.m. Hardman and another unidentified barge worker entered the water to help three adults and two young children after their boat ran out of gas near the Poplar St. Bridge and had taken in water.

During the rescue attempt, the workers’ boat capsized.  A second barge sent rescue boats to help, and eventually all seven were taken to the Missouri shore.

Hardman was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he later died. His co-worker, who has not been unidentified, suffered minor injuries.

Officials later said the children in the fishing boat were a 4-year-old boy and 1-year-old girl. The adults were 33, 35 and 38.

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