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11 rescued from Mississippi River


DRESBACH, Minn. (KTTC) -- Eleven people have been rescued after a houseboat tipped over on the Mississippi River near Dresbach Monday evening.

Seven people have been taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Victims of the accident were pulled from the water by bystanders, but as of Monday night, the 58 foot boat was still in the river.

The boat went through Lock and Dam No. 7 near Dresbach.

Officials got the call around 5 PM.

Eleven people including an instructor were on the boat which had been rented form Mississippi Rentals.

The instructor was teaching the group how to operate the boat.

They took the boat through the lock and dam once headed north, and turned around to go back through again, but the motor stopped working.

"The boat, the motor quit on them," said Winona County Sheriff David Brand. "They tried forcibly to get it started, get it running. They could not control it. The operator, the teacher told them 'put your life jackets on, we can't get the motor started,' and they came through the roller gates."

The boat started sinking and those on board fell into the river.

Seven of those on board were taken by ambulance to Gundersen Clinic in La Crosse.

As of Monday night, the boat was still in the water and leaking gasoline Officials plan to remove it Tuesday because of safety concerns.

Winona fire is bringing in equipment to contain gasoline.

A family of four drowned in 2007 when their boat lost power in the same area.

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