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Overturned barge raised from Mississippi River

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HICKMAN, AR (AP) - A barge that sank to the bottom of the Mississippi River in northeastern Arkansas has been raised.

The Blytheville Courier News reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/1joekN9 ) that the barge, which overturned and sank at Kinder Morgan's dock in early April, was raised last week. The vessel has been sent downriver with a salvage company.

Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook told the newspaper that all of the steel coils on the barge had been collected.

Two men - Juan Nieves and Nicolas Perez - went missing after the barge flipped near Blytheville while unloading steel coil. A body was found in the river, and officials believe it belongs to one of the two victims. The body can't be identified though until a coroner's report is issued.

Information from: Blytheville Courier News, http://www.couriernews.net

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