Monday, 11 July 2011

Russian Ship Sinks: At Least 50 Die; Bodies pulled

Russian liberators have improved nearly 50 bodies from an overcrowded pleasure boat that sank in the Volga River on in a storm Sunday afternoon. The river sail ship went down in about 20 meters of water and crisis crews worked through the night probing for survivors. About 80 people were rescued; many survivors were picked up by a passing boat after spending more than hour in the water. Survivors state the ship planned to its side and sank in just minutes on a wide sector of the Volga River about 800 kilometers east of Moscow. Russia's emergency ministry says the double-decker Bulgaria, which was more than 55 years old, may have been overloaded. It was carrying more than 190 tourists and crew, at least 50 more people than it was built for.
President Dmitry Medvedev stated Tuesday a national day of mourning and ordered officials to check the safety of Russia's aging fleet of cruise ships. Officials also said many of those feared dead are children.


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