Argentine and Paraguayan boats crash on the Rio Paraguay
Paraguay, August 12, 2011
Yesterday, a boat of Argentina collided with another from Paraguay in the Rio Paraguay, 40 kilometers away from Villeta. Four Argentines are being searched for.
According to explanations of the head of the Prefecture of the Pilcomayo area, Jose Luis Dominguez, they were “looking for four people because a small boat named Orion apparently also went by the place.”
“Divers of the Barranqueras Prefecture are searching the place where the boat could have sunk,” he added, speaking to the press.
What was indicated to M24Digital is that they believed that the cause of the accident was poor coordination between the two ships. The collision caused the rupture of the hull of the Argentine ship and 17 crew-members had to jump into the water. 4 are still missing.
The Paraguayan vessel was carrying 27,000 tons of iron ore, soybean meal and had a crew of 10 people. Meanwhile, the Argentine was carrying 17,000 liters of gasoline.