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Barge rams boat on Mississippi, family unharmed


MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) -- State officials say a family whose boat stalled on the Mississippi River was able to escape safely before the boat was hit and destroyed by a barge.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the boat's motor stalled in the main channel just south of Muscatine on Saturday night while being operated by 29-year-old Andrew Oien of Wilton.

When he could not get it restarted, Oien and his wife jumped overboard with their 3-year-old and 1-year-old daughters as the barge approached. They were rescued by a passing boater.

All four family members were wearing life jackets.

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