Russian Boat Sinks
July 11, 2011 by staff
Russian Boat Sinks, Rescuers walked the broad waters of a reservoir of the Volga River on Monday, seeking dimming hopes of survivors after a boat old, overloaded cruiser sank in the wind and rain. Nine people died, but more than 90 remain missing.
Exactly how many people were aboard the two-storey Bulgaria when he went on a cruise on Sunday remains unclear, but he was sure that carrying more than their limit. Authorities say anywhere from 185 to 196 people were aboard the ship have been no more than 120.
The cause of the catastrophe has not been determined. Igor Panishin regional Emergency Situations Ministry was quoted by state news agency RIA Novosti reported survivors that the ship was leaning to starboard, as it made a turn and a wave washed over the deck. It sank in about eight minutes, he said.
The ship sank about three miles offshore in 20 feet of water, authorities said.
National Emergencies Ministry spokeswoman Yelena Smirnikh said Monday that nine people were confirmed dead and 80 have been rescued. A list of the Ministry of the sample were all rescued Russians, it was not clear if foreigners were aboard.
River cruise ships such as Bulgaria are very popular among Russian tourists, conducting cruises ranging from a few days to two weeks.
Many children were aboard the ship, and Russian news reports quoted survivors saying that 50 children had gathered in the entertainment room on board shortly before it sank late on Sunday.
One survivor said the national Vesti news channel 24, other boats refused to come to their aid.
“Two boats did not stop, even though they shook hands,” said the man aged about 40, who was on the beach in the middle of passengers were crying, some wrapped in towels and blankets. He held another man, crying desperately.
Emergency crews and divers from neighboring regions rushed to the scene of the tragedy, 750 kilometers east of Moscow.
The Volga, the longest river in Europe, up to 30 kilometers wide in some places. The river is a popular tourist destination, especially in the summer months.
Bulgaria was built in 1955 in Czechoslovakia, and belongs to a local tourism company. Traveling from the city of Bulgar to the regional capital, Kazan.
A tourism expert said the lack of divisions within Bulgaria has made them vulnerable to violations.
“In the case of an accident of these ships sink in a matter of minutes,” said Dmitri Voropayev, head of the Samara travel company, RIA Novosti.
Russian Union of Tourism Industry said the ship had not been inspected or upgraded for years, according to the Interfax news agency.
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