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Man dies, one is resuced in Mississippi River accident

A man exploring an urban tunnel near the Mississippi River was pronounced dead Sunday after being trapped by incoming rain water, another man survived.

According to the Star Tribune, Ian William Talty, 30, of Woodbury, died despite a frantic rescue effort by a St. Paul police officer and several students from the nearby University of St. Thomas, said St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard.

Nicholas Breid, 29, was exploring with Talty and was able to swim ashore and call for help. His screams were heard by several University of St. Paul students working at a nearby boat house who immediately called authorities.

"They were done with their work when they heard the yells," said Doug Hennes, a St. Thomas spokesman. "They couldn't see the person ... but they ran down, got the boats out and away they went."

One student, Danielle Assie, explains their actions.

"Jim and I were in one boat and a St. Paul police officer got in the launch [boat] with us," Assie told the St. Thomas Web-based publication Bulletin Today. "We went up and down the river a couple of times looking for anything ... the third time, Jim saw a backpack floating in the river."

Talty was found 500 yards from the initial scene. After multiple rounds of CPR he was brought to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. An official autopsy has yet to remain.