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Boating tragedy averted by 5-year-old

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A father of two young children owes his life - and the life of his young nephew - to his 5-year-old daughter.

On June 6, James Braaten, 31, his two daughters, ages 3 and 5, and his 1-year-old nephew were cruising aboard a 17-foot runabout on Lake Holcombe, about 60 miles northeast of Eau Claire, Wis., when his nephew fell overboard, according to a report by the Star Tribune.

All were wearing life jackets. Braaten tried to retrieve the boy, but fell into the water as well, knocking the boat's inboard motor into reverse in the process. He was struck in the leg by the moving propeller.

Fortunately his quick-thinking five-year-old daughter came to the rescue with one simple act.

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