Barge worker dies trying to save stranded boaters near St. Louis

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 | 9:25 a.m. CDT; updated 2:03 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 13, 2012

ST. LOUIS — A barge worker is dead after trying to rescue stranded boaters in the middle of the Mississippi River near downtown St. Louis.

A boat with three adults and two children ran out of gas Tuesday near the Poplar Street Bridge and began taking on water. Two workers from a barge tried to help, but their boat capsized.

Another barge tow pulled all seven people from the water. One of the barge workers was critically injured and later died at a hospital.

The victim's name has not been released.

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