Eyewitness reports general panic during Siberia boat collision on Saturday

Passengers panicked during the shipwreck on the Irtysh River near Omsk and scrambled out of the sinking ship trampling each other, one of the survivors, Tatiana, told Interfax in hospital

Passengers panicked during the shipwreck on the Irtysh River near Omsk and scrambled out of the sinking ship trampling each other, one of the survivors, Tatiana, told Interfax in hospital.

She said that the passengers on the way to an excursion to Achair Monastery were fully relaxed before the collision and totally unprepared for any surprises.

"Everyone was sitting in their seats relaxed. Then the ship suddenly dipped to the left and I don't remember what happened next. I came to in the passage and there was panic and hysteria among the passengers around me. Water started filling the day cabin and I came to the second time already in the water but I survived. People were getting out literally crawling on the heads of others," she said.

Tatiana said that the men, both crewmembers and passengers, tried to save the badly injured in the first place.

"Later another barge came up and picked up several injured people. My husband also helped to carry the injured," she said.

Earlier reports said six people had died and 47 more had been injured as the hovercraft Polesye-8 collided with a barge moving in the opposite direction on Saturday. There were 52 passengers and a crew of four aboard Polesye-8 which later sank.

According to the regional department of the Emergency Situations' Ministry, 34 survivors, seven of them children, remain in hospitals. Others were discharged and will be offered out-patient medical assistance.

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