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2 killed, 6 injured in motorboat crash in northwest Germany

Associated Press Associated Press 27/08/2016

BERLIN — Two people have died and six people were injured after two motorboats collided in northwest Germany.

Police in Oldenburg said the incident happened shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday on the Barsseler Tief, a river near the Dutch border.

Police said the dead — a 24-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man — were sitting in a motorboat that was rammed side-on by another vessel.

Warm weather has resulted in a sharp rise in drownings and watersports injuries in Germany in recent days.

At least four more people died Friday, including a 10-month-old baby who had fallen into the river Neckar near the southwestern town of Mosbach.

The baby's mother, an asylum-seeker from Eritrea, attempted to rescue the child. Unable to swim, she was pulled from the river by passers-by.

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