Pusher tug and barge capsized fishing boat in Volga River

Tug barge groundingConvoy of pusher tug RT-2075 and cargo barge collided with fishing rubber boat and grounded on Volga River near the village Vasilyevo in Tatarstan. The convoy left the fairway, causing hard grounding of the barge into a mud shallow. The captain of the tug unlinked the barge and headed to floating cranes, but meanwhile collided and capsized fishing rubber boat with two people on board. The fishermen fell into the water, but were rescued by nearby boats without serious injuries. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene of the accident arrived police and border guard. There is no report about water pollution and breaches from the tug and barge.

The grounded barge did not suffered serious damages and breaches. The captain of the pusher tug was arrested after the policemen found high presence of alcohol in his blood, amounting to 2.2 ppm. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way.

The pusher tug RT-2075 and cargo barge were en route from Novocheboksarsk to Kazan, carrying 3,543 tons of sand-gravel mixture. The vessel is operated by LLC Volga Nerudnaya Company.