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Iowa family escapes before a barge hits their boat

MUSCATINE (KWWL) -- Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation officers say a family escaped safely just before a barge hit their boat Saturday night.

29-year old Andrew Oien was driving his boat on the Mississippi River when the boat motor stalled.  It happened in the main channel just south of Muscatine.

DNR officers say Oien couldn't get his boat restarted.  As a barge approached, he and his wife jumped overboard, along with their three and one-year old daughters.

Everyone in the family was wearing life jackets.  A passing boater rescued them from the water.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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