Barge worker dies rescuing family

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Coast Guard officials said yesterday that Kyle Hardman, a barge worker on the Mississippi River, died on Tuesday following the rescue of a family whose bass boat ran out of gas. 

Just south of the Gateway Arch here, the boat drifted up against Hardman’s barge, when he and another worker put a boat in the water to try to help the family, which included a one-year-old and four-year-old child. Hardman’s boat overturned, putting him and the other worker into the water, and then the bass boat began taking on water as well. 

By the time a second barge was able to rescue all seven people in the water, and they were taken to the hospital, Hardman, aged 55, died from his injuries. 

For a report from local news station KSDK, watch the following:


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