Catamaran sunken on Volga river pulled out of water 

Catamaran sunken on Volga river pulled out of water
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Rescuers have pulled the catamaran Elan’-12, 11 passengers of which were killed in the collision with a barge, from the Volga River.

The press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) Main Directorate in the Volgograd region has reported on the sunken motor cruiser being pulled out from the water with the help of a heavy crane. The body of a deceased woman, who was considered missing the whole night, has been found on the boat, Head of the EMERCOM Main Directorate in the Volgograd region Oleg Grebenyuk said.

Governor of the Volgograd region Andrey Bocharov instructed to check the conditions of mooring and use of all vessels. The State Inspectorate for Small Vessels and rescue services have intensified their work in the water area of the Volga River. Particular attention is paid to the qualifications and professional suitability of crews. June 12, all ceremonial and festive events were canceled in the Volgograd region.

Catamaran Elan’-12

Catamaran Elan’-12

It was previously reported that the collision of the catamaran and the dry cargo barge, which together with another barge was pushing the ship named Kapitan Vecherkin, claimed the lives of State Road Traffic Safety Directorate officers Vitaly Negrash together his wife and 17-year-old daughter, his colleagues Aleksandr Alifashkin and his wife Elena, as well as police officer Sergey Shkurenko. The shipmaster, ex-Head of the Kalachevsky district and former Deputy of the Volgograd City Duma Dmitry Khakhalev, was also among the victims. 

Dmitry Khakhalev

Dmitry Khakhalev

In 2009, the notorious official was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment under five charges, including sexual violence, hooliganism with the use of weapons, causing moderate harm to health, beatings, and insult to a law enforcement officer.

Only five people managed to survive. Doctors and psychologists are currently working with the victims and families of the deceased.

Earlier, the ICR initiated a criminal case under part 3 of Art. 263 of the Russian Criminal Code (Violation of the Rules for Traffic Safety and Operation of the Inland Water Transportation Systems).

The MIA Main Directorate has sent a group of employees of the General Directorate for Transport, General Directorate for Road Safety, and Department of Civil Service and Personnel of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs to the Volgograd region to provide practical assistance to the territorial body of internal affairs in clarifying the circumstances of the incident.

Video: Catamaran went cruising along the Volga at night violating all rules

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