At least 9 people died after collision of ships on Volga River in Russia (UPDATED)


At least nine people died on Monday night after a catamaran collided with a cargo barge on Volga River in Russia, Xinhuareported citing local news.

According to the latest information, five people were rescued, nine people were confirmed dead in the collision, RIA Novosti news agency quoted local emergency service as saying.

A total of 16 people were on board the catamaran. All people on the catamaran are Russian citizens, said the local emergency service.

Rescue operation is underway. Investigators are also working at the scene, it reported.



 At least one died and nine are still unaccounted for after a paddleboat collided with a cargo barge on Volga River in Russia, Sputnik reported.

The paddleboat collided with a cargo barge in Volgograd, Russia, according to a local emergency service source. The source also said that nine people were unaccounted for, while seven have been rescued.

"According to preliminary data, one died, seven have been rescued," the source reported. "The fate of nine people onboard the paddleboat is still unknown," the source added.