Drunk Captain Blamed in Deadly Crash in World Cup Host City

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On June 11, a drunk captain was responsible for causing a boat crash that claimed the lives of 11 people on a river cruise in the Russian city of Volgograd.

What happened?

The pleasure craft was ferrying 16 people when it collided with a tugboat on the Volga river about 250 meters from the riverbank.

The resulting crash claimed the lives of 11 people who were present onboard the vessel.

Search and rescue

The rescue services rushed to the site of the crime and preliminary investigation conducted by Russia’s Investigative Committee have blamed the captain being drunk at duty which ultimately led to the crash.

Serious lapses

Furthermore, it was discovered that the boat was overloaded and there were only six life jackets onboard, all of which remained unused.

The search and rescue team were able to rescue five people and three of the survivors were in hospital.

World Cup opening matches

Volgograd, known as Stalingrad from 1925-1961 will host World Cup opening round matches involving England, Tunisia, Nigeria, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Japan and Poland. The first game is scheduled on June 18 game between England and Tunisia.

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Source: Reuters

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