Eight dead, one missing in Moscow River boat accident

Eight people drowned and one was missing on Sunday after a pleasure boat collided with a barge and sank in the Moscow River, the Emergencies Ministry said.

“Another body has been recovered. The fate of one person is still unknown,” the ministry said.

Previous reports put the death toll from the boat sinking at seven.

The private pleasure boat Lastochka carrying 16 people sank on the night of July 30-31 in the Moscow River in the center of the Russian capital after a collision with a cargo barge.

Six people were rescued and one swam to the shore on his own. 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 operation rules.

The incident comes less than a month after a two-deck cruise ship Bulgaria carrying 201 people capsized and sank on the Volga River, killing 122 passengers, including children. Only 79 people were rescued.

Following the sinking of the cruise ship Bulgaria, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered total checks of all passenger transport in the country.


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