At Least Six Die in Argentine Barge Crash, Search for Missing Continues

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An overview of the sunken Argentine-flagged cargo ship "Rio Turbio", which was transporting sand when it collided with the Paraguayan ship Ava Payagua, in the Parana de las Palmas river is seen off the coast of Zarate port, 80 km (50 miles) north of Buenos Aires in this Prefectura Naval Argentina handout photo.

The Buenos Aires Herald reports six sailors on board the sand barge “Río 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 Gaetán 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 Zárate-Campana courts,” said Gaetán, who is in charge of the Zárate area.

The officer reported that the tugboat “was withheld in order to carry out expert studies.”

Names of the confirmed dead include: Ciriaco Rodríguez, Gustavo Caracciolo, Felipe Haroldo Aguirre, Marcelo Osvaldo Córdoba, José Mario de la Fuente Sequeire and Cristian Ariel Marmet.