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11 die in collision on Russia's Volga river

AFP  |  Moscow 

Eleven people were killed in an accident on Russia's mighty when a collided with a barge, emergency services said today.

Rescue efforts ran through the night after the accident late yesterday near in southwest -- one of the cities hosting football tournament opening this week.

"The rescue operations have just finished. The last body has been recovered and the number of dead is 11," the local emergencies ministry said in a statement quoted by the agency.

At least 16 people were on the catarmaran, according to a statement from the which has opened an investigation into possible breaches of safety regulations.

According to an unnamed source quoted by the agency, the catarmaran was built to take 12 people and was unlicensed.

reported that the vessel was being driven by a former municipal in Volgograd, who has been convicted in the past for various misdemeanours including hooliganism.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 14:55 IST