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2 die when swamped boat plunges under moored barge

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A sunny day on the water ended in tragedy after a swamped rental boat plunged under a moored barge and then resurfaced, killing a German couple and injuring another passenger.

The boat with 11 people on board had been swamped by a large wake. The captain, apparently trying to steady his boat, steered it alongside the larger barge."He didn't appear to be experienced enough to deal with a boat taking on water like that," said police spokesman Detective Clinton Ward. "He had a hard time handling the boat."

As frantic passengers tried to escape, the 25-foot boat hit the sloped bow of the barge and took on more and more water, authorities said. Strong currents shoved the boat beneath the barge, taking passengers down with it.

Killed were Josef Federl, 62, and his wife, Maria Anna Federl, 58, of Roth, Germany. Everyone else was pulled from the water; one woman was in serious condition at a hospital Monday.