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Three People Okay After Boat Was Hit by Barge on Snake River Early Sunday

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Pontoon boat after being ran over by a barge. Pontoon boat after being ran over by a barge.

UPDATE: Walla Walla Sheriff's Deputies say Robert McCollum, 64 was driver of a pontoon boat that was ran over early Sunday night.

WALLA WALLA COUNTY, WA - Deputies say three people are lucky to be alive after their pontoon boat was run over by a barge on the Snake River early Sunday morning.

Walla Walla Sheriff's Deputies say a man with his 11-year-old grandson and his 16-year-old exchange student were night fishing.

Deputies say they were not securely anchored and their anchor light was covered. They started drifting into barge lanes. 

The three were sleeping,  when they got hit by a barge and they ended up under it. 

When they resurfaced the two boys swam toward lights on the Walla Walla shore.

Bystanders heard commotion and called for help. Deputies on a boat were able to rescue the grandfather who was still swimming in the river. 

The grandfather was transported to the hospital to be checked out. Luckily, they are all doing okay. 

The Coast Guard will continue the investigation. 
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