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01 August 2011

Nine killed when boat hits barge in Moscow river

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials say an overloaded motor boat sank in the Moscow River after crashing into a docked barge in the pre-dawn darkness and nine people were killed. The other seven passengers survived.

Vladimir Markin, the spokesman for the main investigative agency, laid the blame on the owner and captain of the boat, who was among those killed.

Markin said the owner had been found in violation of regulations three times in the past, including for exceeding the boat's maximum capacity of 12. The boat was carrying 16 people when it crashed early Sunday.

He said investigators have questioned the survivors and also four crew members of the barge who had helped rescue them.

The Moscow River runs past the Kremlin as it makes a large loop through the Russian capital.

- AP