According to a report, a total of nine people drowned during a riverboat collision with a barge in the Moscow River on early Sunday July 31, only three weeks after a major cruise boat disaster on Volga River. This accident is said to be the second largest shipwreck in July 2011.
The collision occurred about 1 a.m. in a roughly 200-yard-wide bend in the river in southwest Moscow, near Luzhniki Stadium and not far from the Kremlin on Sunday. Members of investigators announced that the captain of the Moscow riverboat, who died in the accident, had three times of civil charges for violating operating rules and that in his vessel, with 16 passengers aboard, was overloaded while the maximum allowed number is 12. Nine unlucky victims left their life behind in which "An eighth body has been discovered. One more passenger is still missing." Interfax reported, quoting Emergencies Ministry spokeswoman Yelena Smirnykh. The captain of the barge helped save successfully some of the seven passengers, a Turkish citizen and a U.S. embassy employee.
Police, rescue workers and relatives of the victims stood on the river bank after the accident occurred. More than three weeks ago, a different boat accident in the Republic of Tatarstan caused 122 people
SwallowYacht collided with a barge in southwest Moscow, near Luzhniki Stadium, the site of the 1980 Summer Olympics. There are 16 people attending a birthday party, only seven survived
The Russian investigators are initially examining the crash on the Moscow River. After Bulgaria boat sinking on the Volga river, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has required safety inspection of all the yachts in the country
The survivors are sent for a special health care by the rescue workers
The victims who were lucky to be alive are watching rescue search. Among survived seven, six people were pulled from the boat sank, the rest swim ashore himself
The cars of the Russian Ministry of Emergency were on Vorobyov embankment of the Moscow River. A total of 72 employees and 15 divers took part in the rescue campaign of Swallow boat
A crane was taken to the accident scene to pull the boat sank off the water. Beside is the Oka-5 barge remained after the accident
The yacht was pulled to the water surface yesterday. Its cabin was broken after being chocked between the bottom of the river and Oka-5 barge. Swallow was said to be overloaded with 16 people on boat, while the maximum allowed number is 12
Moscow Riverboat Collision in Pictures