Sunday, July 10, 2011

Up to 100 feared dead after cruise ships sinks in storm on Russia's River Volga - 10th July 2011

At least one person died and 97 were missing todaay after a cruise ship carrying more than 180 people sank in a heavy storm on Russia's Volga River.

A total of 84 people were rescued from the MS Bulgaria, which was carrying 182 tourists and crew members when it sank in the central Russian republic of Tatarstan, Emergency Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said.

'There were 182 people on board. We have saved 84 people,' Andrianova said. One person died. Search and rescue operations are continuing.'

The accident happened at around 2pm (1000 GMT) two miles) from shore, with the Bulgaria now lying 66 feet deep on the riverbed.

Local reports said the boat sank within eight minutes, claiming the lives of 423 people.

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

The double-deck cruise ship went down near the village of Syukeevo in the Kansko-Ustinovsky district near the region's capital, Kazan.

The director of a school in Syukeevo told RIA Novosti news agency that the Bulgaria sank in a heavy storm. Read More