Terrible moment The Russian windsurfer, 18, is killed after a collision with a fast ferry full of tourists
- Artem Akimov, 18, dragged under ship going 40 mph near St Petersburg
- The junior windsurfing champion apparently did not see the boat when he crossed his path
- Witnesses heard & # 39; loud bang & & # 39; at the time of the collision that cut his limbs
This is the horrible moment of a Russian Windsurfer was killed after a collision with a fast ferry full of tourists.
Artem Akimov (18) apparently did not see the boat when he flew over the Gulf of Finland near St. Petersburg.
CCTV shows that the junior windsurfing champion on the ship with tourists between the city and Peterhof visits the palaces of the Romanov Tsars.
Artem Akimov, 18, goes straight down the path of a fast ferry full of tourists over the Gulf of Finland near St Petersburg
He was killed when he hit the ship – which can fly up to 40 mph – and was dragged under it
Witnesses say there is a & # 39; loud bang & & # 39; was when he was towed under the high-speed Meteor ferry that can sail up to 40 mph.
His left leg, left arm and right foot were cut according to the report.
Akimov was a top junior windsurfer who led the Russian youth team and was a member of the national team of his country. He was selected for this year's world championships.
Akimov & # 39; s left leg, left arm and right foot were broken by the accident according to the report
In a recent competition, he had won nine of the eleven races in the prestigious All-Russian & # 39; Yeisk Cup & # 39 ;.
The sail of the young star's view of the approaching ferry was obscured by his sail, and he made no attempt to reverse it.
Experts say that the captain of the hydrofoil either did not see the windsurfer crossing or believed that he would change course.
Vladimir Loginov, founder of St. Petersburg Sailing Club, who knew the windsurfer, said: & Artem himself did not see the Meteor. It had a fairly high speed and the sail concealed its visibility.
The Russian was a top junior windsurfer who led the Russian youth team and was a member of the national team of his country
& # 39; I believe the captain thought until the last minute that the surfer would turn away. & # 39;
An eyewitness named Irina said: & I then thought – why didn't the ship signal him?
& # 39; They should have seen him? There were no sharp maneuvers, the surfer had been approaching them for some time.
& # 39; He was clearly visible. He bumped directly into the ship and was dragged under the ship. & # 39;
The teenager was selected to represent Russia in this year's windsurfing championships
The head of his gym Natalya Fedorova said: & Artem Akimov was an experienced athlete, a member of the Russian national team.
& # 39; He was selected for the St. Petersburg World Championships and would perform in them in August. He had great expectations for the future.
& # 39; Artem was a talented, promising and highly experienced athlete. & # 39;
The windsurfer was blamed for the accident by the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations.
It said he was guilty of & # 39; a gross violation & # 39; of the Maritime Code by crossing the ferry route.
The fast Meteor ferry (photo) carried tourists between the city and Peterhof to visit the palaces of the Romanov Tsars
Loginov said he had personally seen Akimov leave the sports base only on the island of Krestovsky – in & # 39; violation of the rules & # 39 ;.
He should have been accompanied by a coach in a boat, he clarified.
The hydrofoil would have stopped after the accident and it was reported that & # 39; smoke & # 39; had come out of the barrel.
It was unclear how many of the tourists on board were aware of the accident.
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