The Buenos Aires Herald reports six sailors on board the sand barge “RÃo Turbio,” are confirmed dead following a collision in the early morning hours this past Saturday with the Paraguayan tugboat “Ava Payagua”. The incident occurred on the Argentine river, Parana de las Palmas.
The sand barge sank immediately as a result of the accident and seven of its eight-member crew went missing.
The three officers on board the tugboat have reportedly been taken into custody and remained in in solitary confinement, Coast Guard commander Sergio GaetÃ¡n told the press.
“Those under arrest are the captain of the boat, the “baqueano” (the maritime pilot) and the helmsman. The legal followup will be presided over by the ZÃ¡rate-Campana courts,” said GaetÃ¡n, who is in charge of the ZÃ¡rate area.
The officer reported that the tugboat “was withheld in order to carry out expert studies.”
Names of the confirmed dead include: Ciriaco RodrÃguez, Gustavo Caracciolo, Felipe Haroldo Aguirre, Marcelo Osvaldo CÃ³rdoba, JosÃ© Mario de la Fuente Sequeire and Cristian Ariel Marmet.