Two dead, two missing in Wisconsin boat crash

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Posted: Jul 23, 2011 4:28 PM

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Two people are dead and two are missing from a collision between two boats on the Chippewa River near Eau Claire, Wis., officials said on Saturday.

There were two people on a speed boat that collided with a pontoon-type boat carrying six people, said Chippewa County Undersheriff Eugene Gutsch.

The accident happened at 9:45 p.m. Friday night, Gutsch said.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram newspaper reported that search and rescue crews from several jurisdictions were searching for the missing boaters Saturday.

(Writing by Mary Wisniewski; Additional reporting by John Rondy; Editing by Tim Gaynor)