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11 people drown in river boat at Russian World Cup city Volgograd




Eleven people have been killed, including a teenage girl, in a collision between an unlicensed catamaran and barge in World Cup city Volgograd.

Six women, a teenage girl, and four men died, and one man is missing presumed drowned.

It is understood no foreigners were involved in the horrific accident some 800 feet off the city’s main river embankment, and only a mile from the stadium where England will play.

Above: at the recovery scene along the Volga River, where eleven catamaran passengers died in the collision, in World Cup city Volgograd

Above: at the recovery scene along the Volga River, where eleven catamaran passengers died in the collision, in World Cup city Volgograd

Above: at the recovery scene along the Volga River, where eleven catamaran passengers died in the collision, in World Cup city Volgograd

The unlicensed catamaran was dragged to the shore after the crash with a barge

The unlicensed catamaran was dragged to the shore after the crash with a barge

The unlicensed catamaran was dragged to the shore after the crash with a barge

The boat – the Elan-12 – sank moments after it collided with barge Kapital Vecherkin

The boat – the Elan-12 – sank moments after it collided with barge Kapital Vecherkin

The boat – the Elan-12 – sank moments after it collided with barge Kapital Vecherkin

Five were rescued from the unlicensed boat on the Volga River which was being used for a late night ‘drunken’ birthday party for a traffic policeman. 

The boat – the Elan-12 – sank moments after it collided with barge Kapital Vecherkin.

England play Tunisia in their opening World Cup game in Volgograd on Monday and fans have already started arriving in the city.

Two of the 11 victims Inga (left) and her mother Elena Negrash

Two of the 11 victims Inga (left) and her mother Elena Negrash

Two of the 11 victims Inga (left) and her mother Elena Negrash

Inga Negrash also died

Inga Negrash also died

Inga Negrash

Inga Negrash

Inga Negrash (17) was on board the catamaran with her mother and father, Elena and Vitaly Negrash, whose birthday party was being held on the stricken vessel

Initial reports said that 10 people had died, but the death toll increased following the discovery of a woman’s body on the wreck of the catamaran. 

There were understood to be no injuries or fatalities on the barge.

Safety concerns were expressed after reports the catamaran was overcrowded with 16 on board when it had a capacity to carry just a dozen passengers. Also it had no lights and an insufficient number of life jackets.

The vessel was not registered and had no licence to carry passengers, said local media.

The captain and owner Dmitry Khakhalev, a controversial former local politician once jailed for hooliganism and sexual violence, was among the dead.

His female relative Anastasia Khakhaleva was also killed.

A source said: ‘The people were having a party. Everyone was drunk.’

The accident was some 800 feet from the shore on the wide Volga River.

Rescue teams were quickly at the scene but could only save five of the passengers on the catamaran.

One of the rescued was reported to be a 17 year old girl.

Dmitry Khakhalev as an MP of City Duma

Dmitry Khakhalev as an MP of City Duma

Dmitry Khakhalev

Dmitry Khakhalev

Dmitry Khakhalev, photographed here while an MP of City Duma, left, and in more recent years. He also died in the collision on the Volga River 

Divers pulled six bodies from the sunken boat, and four more were found early today, before an eleventh body was discovered during the search and rescue operation.

Among the dead were Inga Negrash, 17, and her mother Elena, in her thirties, who was a doctor.

They were the daughter and wife of police officer Vitaly Negrash, 43, whose birthday party was being held on the stricken vessel.

He also died in the accident.

Barge 'Kapital Vecherkin' which collided with the catamaran Elan

Barge 'Kapital Vecherkin' which collided with the catamaran Elan

Barge ‘Kapital Vecherkin’ which collided with the catamaran Elan

The boat – the Elan-12 – sank moments after it collided with barge Kapital Vecherkin

The boat – the Elan-12 – sank moments after it collided with barge Kapital Vecherkin

The boat – the Elan-12 – sank moments after it collided with barge Kapital Vecherkin

One report said the ‘cream’ of Volograd’s traffic police had been involved in the tragedy as the dead included local traffic policemen and members of their families.

One of the survivors was policeman Sergey Shkurenko, a friend of Khakhalev.

Shkurenko was being interrogated by police this morning.

The dead were named as Dmitry Khakhalev, Anastasia Khakhaleva, Vitaly Negrash, Inga Negrash, Elena Negrash, Alexander Alifashkin, Elena Alifashkina, Natalia Detistova, Alexander Elizarov and Yulia Sapunova.

The rescued were named as Sergey Shkurenko, Anna Shkurenko, Olga Ivanova, Mikhail Tiponkov and Dmitry Detistov.

Volgograd Arena, one of the sports venues of the forthcoming FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

Volgograd Arena, one of the sports venues of the forthcoming FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

Volgograd Arena, one of the sports venues of the forthcoming FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

Khakhalev – a former local MP and district official – was jailed for four years in 2009 after he opened fire with a Saiga hunting gun at a campsite.

The son of a prominent former police chief, he was also convicted of a sexual attack.

In another case last year he was accused by two women of sexually attacking them on his catamaran. Pictures later emerged of the alleged incident.

But, there were claims he had used his connections in the police to avoid prosecution.

Criminal investigations are now underway into the Volga River deaths.

The stricken vessel was raised from the river bottom and hauled to shore early today, as the search and rescue operation has now been completed.










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Author: Nancy Parker

Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.

Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.
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