Serbian detained in Romania for migrants boat capsized on Danube

A Serbian was detained for a capsized migrants boat on the Danube which led to seven deaths, the border police in western Romania said on Saturday.

The Serbian, one of the guides for the migrants, is under investigation for manslaughter, fraudulent crossing of the state border and migrant trafficking, according to the Border Police Territorial Inspectorate of Timis.

On the night of April 16, the border police found people shouting for help in the Danube and saved nine people. The rescued were the 51-year-old Serbian, and people from Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Palestine, aged between 21 and 46. They were later transported to a local hospital for medical care.

In their search missions on the river, Romanian border police found the bodies of seven deceased, including six Syrian nationals and a Serbian.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the boat departed from Serbia, but soon leaked and capsized in Serbian waters. Those rescued said they intended to reach the Netherlands and Austria, respectively.

In recent years, the country has become a springboard for refugees from the Middle East and Africa seeking to enter the Schengen zone via Hungary.