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Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 7:30 pm

A Villa Ridge man who was rescued from the Bourbeuse River last week died Friday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Joshua B. Storie, 32, was waist deep in the river Tuesday at 1:52 p.m. when he “slipped” into swift water.

Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit Detectives Cpl. Scott Briggs and Kody Lucas were first on the scene Tuesday, to pull Storie from the river.

The detectives were in the area on a narcotics investigation and heard the emergency dispatch for a swift river rescue at 1:40 p.m. near the Highway O boat ramp.

Briggs and Lucas located the victim in the river and both jumped in and pulled him to shore. They then assisted a paramedic to reach the scene in a task force vehicle and helped place the victim on a backboard.

According to a Boles Fire District report, when firefighters arrived on the scene, the man was downstream three-quarters of a mile from the ramp.

The man was not breathing when he was pulled from the river. Emergency crews resuscitated him and he was transported by boat to a waiting ambulance at the Highway O boat ramp.

He was then taken to Mercy Hospital Washington by Meramec Ambulance.

Storie was a nonswimmer, the patrol said. He was pronounced dead at 11:05 a.m. Friday.

The Pacific Fire District, Air Evac, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Franklin County Sheriff’s office also responded to assist with the rescue.

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