ICR: sunken catamaran owner ignored light and sound signals from barge

ICR: sunken catamaran owner ignored light and sound signals from barge
Dmitry Khakhalev

It was previously reported that a high dose of alcohol has been detected in the blood of former official Dmitry Khakhalev.

The preliminary findings of the investigation indicate that it was the catamaran owner who caused the accident, which claimed the lives of 11 people. This is reported on the ICR’s website.

It was previously reported that the boat was owned and manned by ex-deputy of the Volgograd region and former Head of one of the districts Dmitry Khakhalev. There were 16 people on board the catamaran; they were celebrating the birthday of one of the local traffic police officers.

According to the ICR, Khakhalev completely ignored both light and sound warning signals coming from the barge. According to the preliminary data of forensic experts, the ship owner was in a state of intoxication.

Identification of all 11 bodies of the dead has been conducted upon instructions from the investigation. Forensic medical examinations have been appointed. The inspection of the sunken catamaran revealed 6 unused life jackets. The catamaran itself has not been registered with the relevant bodies since 2017.

Currently, investigators of the Southern Directorate for Transport of the ICR continue to work at the scene of the accident.

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