Russia boat tragedy death toll reaches 120

Last Updated: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 22:13

Moscow: Rescue workers on Sunday pulled out
more bodies from the wreck of the tourist boat `Bulgaria` that
sank in river Volga two weeks ago, taking the official death
toll in the tragedy to 120.

Rescue workers said six bodies were recovered from the
sunken cruise vessel today and two people were still missing.

"The confirmed death toll has risen to 120," the
Emergencies Ministry said in a statement today.

Ministry official Igor Panshin was quoted as saying by
RIA Novosti that rescuers expect to find the missing people
on the lower deck.

Among the bodies recovered today were three women
from the boat deck, in the shower room and on the upper deck.

There were 201 people aboard riverboat `Bulgaria` when
it sank in Volga river on July 10. Seventy-nine people were
rescued by a passing ship.

After weeklong salvage operation, the boat was
partially lifted and towed to shallow water yesterday.

The divers are preparing for pumping out the water
from the lower deck, following which it would be taken to a
dry dock for inspection by investigators to pinpoint the cause
of the accident.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 22:13

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