Death toll in Moscow river accident rises to 9
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Last Updated: Sunday, July 31, 2011, 19:37
Moscow: At least nine people were killed after an overloaded pleasure boat collided with a barge on the Moskva River late last night and sank, the government said today after another body was retrieved by the divers.

Seven people were rescued, as the 12-meter-long Lastochka pleasure boat lies three meters below the surface, jammed under the barge.

There were two Turkish nationals among the rescued passengers. Six people were rescued and one swam to the shore on his own.

The boat was carrying 16 people, celebrating a birthday party when it crashed into a docked barge late last night.

The captain who was also the boat's owner was among those who drowned in the accident.

Investigators have launched a criminal probe into the riverboat sinking on the charges of violation of water transport rules and the blame has been placed on the captain, allegedly for rash driving, Interfax reported.

The incident comes less than a month after a twin-deck cruise ship Bulgaria carrying 201 people capsized and sank on the Volga River, killing 122 passengers, including children.

Only 79 people were rescued from that accident.

In the wake of the Bulgaria's sinking total checks of all passenger transport in the country is underway on President Dmitry Medvedev's orders.


First Published: Sunday, July 31, 2011, 14:13

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