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Nine dead in Moscow boat accident

MOSCOW - Agence France-Presse | 7/31/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Nine people drowned in a boating accident Sunday after a pleasure boat carrying 16 people collided with a barge and sank in the Moscow river, investigators said.

Nine people drowned in a boating accident Sunday after a pleasure boat carrying 16 people collided with a barge and sank in the Moscow river, investigators said.

 “The boat sank with nine passengers on board, including the captain... who died,” the Investigative Committee said in a statement based on the findings of transport investigators. “Seven people managed to be rescued.” Among the survivors was a Turkish citizen, investigators said, with witnesses saying the boat was hosting a birthday party. The accident came less than three weeks after Russia’s worst post-Soviet shipping accident, when 122 people died after a pleasure boat sank on the Volga river.

Witnesses said the motorboat was hosting a party and had circled the barge several times before the accident. “We saw the boat sail around the barge several times,” a witnesssaid. It has been reported that Kemal Torba, 27, is one of the rescued Turkish nationals.

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