Posted on June 13, 2018 by Hannah Berry

11 people have died whilst on a river cruise on the Volga River. The river runs through the Russian city of Volgograd which is one of the host cities for the 2018 Football World Cup due to start tomorrow.

The 16 people on board are all reported as Russian nationals who were returning from a countryside party.Russia’s Investigative Committee have opened an investigation into the accident which happened on Monday 11th June at 10pm (1900 GMT).

Initial reports suggest that the Catamaran on which the party were cruising was sailing at full speed with navigation lights off. The skipper of the Catamaran didn’t notice a tug boat and collided directly into its starboard side. Emergency services were called to the scene and rescued five of those onboard who are currently in hospital undergoing treatment.

Further reports from the Russian Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport have indicated that the Catamaran was unlicensed and the skipper may have been drunk at the time of impact. The pleasure craft was also overloaded at the time of the accident as records show it was built to carry 12 people and only had six life jackets on board.

Investigations are continuing.

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