Ukraine: 14 killed, 20 hospitalised after privately-owned boat capsizes; authorities say it was overcrowded, did not have enough life jackets

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20 October 2015

At least 14 dead in Ukraine after passenger boat capsizes in choppy waters

Author: Russia Today

At least 14 people have been killed after a ship taking passengers back from a fishing trip sank near Odessa, on the Black Sea coast. Authorities blame the owners of the vessel for going out despite weather warnings, and failing to provide life jackets for those on board...A special investigative commission has been set up at the order of Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and a criminal investigation has been opened into possible violations of transport safety rules...According to preliminary data from the investigation, the vessel was overloaded at the time of the incident and had been carrying double its recommended weight.

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18 October 2015

Overcrowded boat capsizes in Black Sea, killing 14 people

Author: Kyiv Post

A boat carrying 36 people capsized near the Black Sea city of Zatoka in Odessa Oblast...Fourteen people drowned, 18 of the surviving passengers were hospitalized. The boat was overloaded, the authorities say. The boat “Ivolga” was overturned by a wave when it was 300 meters away from the shore. It carried 33 passengers and a crew of three. The capacity of the boat allowed only 12 passengers, according to Odessa authorities.

 

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