One fisherman is missing after collision at Kama river in Russia

MB-1225 TugOne fisherman is missing after convoy of pusher tug and two barges collided and capsized a small rubber boat on 1536-km mark at Kama river in Russia. The pusher tug MB-1225 in convoy with two empty barges Volga-16 and Volga-20 were en route from Krasnoye Sormovo to Mendeleevsk, when their route was crossed by fishing boat. The captain of the convoy was not able to react and collided with the fishing boat, which capsized and the one fishermen was thrown overboard. The local fishing ships and boats started search and rescue operation but did not found the missing man. The accident was reported to local authorities and at the scene was dispatched police officers and inspectors. The robber boat was recovered, but there is no trace from the missing man.

The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way. The pusher tug and barges were detained near the scene of the collision, where were ordered to anchor. The search and rescue of the missing man continue, as the coordination center extended the range down the river.

The pusher tug MB-1225 (IMO: 8883240) has overall length of 50.00 m, moulded beam of 10.60 m and maximum draft of 3.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 172 DWT and the gross tonnage is 680 GRT. The tug was built in 1991 by Kama Shipyard in Russia. The owner and operator of the tug and barges is Russian company Volga Shipping.