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(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — A man and a 14-year-old boy are dead and three people were missing Sunday after a boat capsized on the Ohio River near Louisville, Kentucky, officials said.

Nine people were on board when the accident occurred Saturday night, Louisville Fire Chief Gregory Frederick said.

Four people were rescused but three people — two adults and one child — were still missing, Frederick said. Rescue crews were searching the river for them Sunday, the Coast Guard said.

The group rented a pontoon boat around 8 p.m. Saturday, officials said, and the accident was reported just before 9:30 p.m.

A responding fire boat found the pontoon capsized and pinned underneath a work barge.

“There is a new bridge being constructed near Interstate 65, and at the base of the new bridge tower is a work platform that is like a small barge. Due to the rain, the river is extremely hazardous,” Frederick said today.

“The current is very strong, a lot of debris, driftwood,” Frederick said.

Four people suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

There was no indication that alcohol or foul play was involved, Frederick said.

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