Russia boat crash in Volgograd kills 11 as the city prepares for World Cup
The accident happened near Volgograd, which will host the World Cup this month. (AP: Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations)
Two boats collided near a Russian city that is hosting the World Cup, killing 11 people, authorities say.
A state media report said the captain of one of the vessels was drunk.
The accident occurred late Monday (local time) on the Volga River several hundred meters off the shoreline of the city of Volgograd in southern Russia.
According to a statement from regional emergency officials, a barge being pulled by a towboat collided with a paddleboat carrying 16 people on a sightseeing tour.
An overturned boat involved in the crash sits upside-down on the Volga River. (AP: Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations)
The statement said 11 people were killed and five others were rescued.
Authorities have started an investigation into the cause of the crash.
Vyacheslav Barkanov, a medical examiner investigating the case, said the captain of the paddleboat was drunk, the state news agency Tass reported.
Volgograd, a city of about 1 million people, is hosting the World Cup along with 10 other Russian cities.
The soccer championship will run from Thursday until July 15.