MIAMI, FL— August 2, 2011- Less than a month after an overcrowded riverboat capsized on the Volga River in Russia, resulting in the deaths of 122 passengers, tragedy struck aboard a second river cruise ship. According to information provided by the New York Times, nine fatalities were reported on July 31, following an unfortunate boat crash on the Moscow River.
Reports indicated 16 passengers were aboard the river cruise boat when it crashed into a barge along the river in southwest Moscow at approximately 1 a.m. While the cause of the deadly riverboat accident remained unclear, reports by the Russian news agency Interfax suggested the ship was carrying more passengers than it should have been at the time. Nine accident victims reportedly drowned as a result of the collision.
The unidentified ship captain, who was among those killed in the Moscow boat accident, had been charged with the violation of riverboat operating regulations on three separate occasions in the past.
Previous Moscow Times reports relayed by the Miami cruise ship injury attorneys of Gerson & Schwartz, who maintain that cruise ship industry reform is imperative, indicated two people were arrested in connection with the first Russian river disaster. The ship Bulgaria, which was built in 1955, sank on July 10. A total of 122 passengers, 28 of whom were children, died when the ship abruptly capsized on July 10.
Svetlana Inyakina, manager of the company that rented the Bulgaria out, and Yakov Ivashov, senior inspector for the River Register’s local office, were arrested after authorities discovered that they deemed the old ship to be “seaworthy” prior to the 122-fatality ship wreck. The River Register is the government agency that is responsible for maintaining safety within the river transport industry.
Investigations into the fatal boat accident were expected to be underway.
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