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Boy's bright shoes aid his underwater rescue after boat is struck by barge near Red Wing

The 5-year-old was with his family on their boat over the weekend when it stalled and was hit by a barge


A mother is crediting the brightly colored soles of her son's shoes with giving the 5-year-old boy a chance at surviving after being stuck for up to 13 minutes under his family's boat. The boat was struck by a barge over the weekend on the Mississippi near Red Wing.

Vincent Koenig was in critical condition Monday afternoon at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Marys campus in Rochester, a hospital spokeswoman said, following the crash about 5:45 p.m. Friday near the Ole Miss Marina gas dock that also sent his father and three siblings into the river.

The boy's mother, Rachel Koenig, elaborated on a CaringBridge web page late Monday afternoon that "Vincent's brain scans are normal! … This is the best news we could have asked for, and his [medical] team was so excited to tell us!"


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