Monday 11 July 2011

Cruise ship sinks. Dozens missing

File picture of 50-year-old river vessel, Bulgaria
AT least one person died and 97 were missing yesterday after a Soviet-era cruise ship sank on a Russian river.

The ship carrying more than 180 people sank in a heavy storm on Russia's Volga River, officials and witnesses have said.

A total of 84 people were rescued off the Bulgaria boat, which was carrying 182 tourists and crew members when it sank in the central Russian republic of Tatarstan, ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova told Vesti 24 television.

One woman has been confirmed dead, the spokeswoman said.

"There were 182 people on board. We have saved 84 people," Ms Andrianova said.

"One person died. Search and rescue operations are continuing," she added.

State television reported that the two-deck Bulgaria was built in 1955 in what was then Czechoslovakia.


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