According to Ukrainian officials, a fishing boat flipped over in the Black Sea close to the port city of Odessa. It was initially reported that 12 people are dead, one person is missing, and 23 had been successfully rescued. However, it has now been reported that 16 are confirmed dead, according to the Odessa regional administration.
The Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry gave a statement, which said the boat was 40 km from its port, southwest of Odessa, when it overturned on Oct. 17, 2015. The cause of the vessel’s capsizing has not been determined.
There was a photo of the vessel published by Unian, which is a Ukrainian news agency. These people were in a small motor boat with a canopy that shaded the before and after pictures.
RT has reported 16 people died when the vessel was returning from a fishing trip and sank. Authorities say the owners of the small vessel should not have taken passengers out due to weather reports. Moreover, there were not any life jackets on the boat.
The excursion boat, Ivolga, took the passengers fishing on the Dniester Estuary. There were 33 passengers and three crew members on the vessel. The Odessa regional administration’s deputy, Vladimir Zhmak, reported the vessel was only one km from shore. There was a tugboat close by, which pulled as many people as they could out of the water before emergency rescue ships arrived.
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By Jeanette Smith
Edited by Leigh Haugh
AP: 12 Dead in Ukraine Excursion Boat Capsizing off Odessa
RT: 16 Dead in Ukraine After Passenger Boat Capsizes in Choppy Waters
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