BREAKING NEWS: Moscow: Boat Carrying Over 170 Sinks In Volga River: UPDATED

10 Jul

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MOST RECENT NEWS UPDATE: 16.30 hrs GMT:

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Nearly one hundred people remained missing after a tourist boat sank in a broad stretch of Russia’s Volga river on Sunday, killing at least one person, emergency services officials said.

One body was recovered and 84 people were rescued by a passing craft after a two-deck river cruiser, believed to have been carrying 182 people, sank in the Tatarstan region, Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said.

Two of those saved were hospitalised and a rescue team and a helicopter searched for survivors, she said.

The boat was heading to the regional capital, Kazan, some 830 km (515 miles) east of Moscow, when it sank about 3 km (1.85 miles) from shore in 20 metres of water, the ministry’s regional branch said.

The cause was unclear, Andrianova said. She said there were 125 passengers, 22 crew and 35 other staff aboard the Bulgaria.

Accounts from officials of the number of people on board and the number missing changed many times in the hours after it sank at about 2 p.m. (1000 GMT).

A regional Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman at one point said 167 had been rescued, but later said he had been mistaken and that only 84 were safe.

Cruises on the Volga, which cuts through the heart of Russia and drains into the Caspian Sea, are popular among Russians as well as foreigners.

It was unclear whether the Bulgaria, which state TV said has dozens of cabins and two restaurants, was on one-day outing or a longer cruise.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Steve Gutterman and Tim Pearce)

 

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Russian authorities said the 'Bulgaria' cruise ship was now lying on the riverbednext

At least one person died and 88 were missing after a cruise ship carrying more than 170 people sank on Russia’s Volga river Sunday, the ministry of emergency situations said.

Ministry spokesman Oleg Zugeyev said the cruise ship Bulgaria sank not far from the village of Syukeyevo, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Kazan, Tatarstan’s main city located 800 kilometres (500 miles) east of Moscow.

The ship Arabella “retrieved 85 people at the site of the accident, including two people who were hospitalised and one who is dead,” he added.

Zugeyev said available information indicated that 140 passengers and 33 crew members were on board , but he stressed that the figures may not be final.

Authorities said the accident happened three kilometres (two miles) from the shore, with the Bulgaria now lying 20 metres (66 feet) deep on the riverbed.

Rossia-24 television said the Bulgaria was built in 1955 in what was then Czechoslovakia.

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MOSCOW – A passenger boat sank on the Volga River in central Russia Sunday, killing at least one person, injuring two and leaving 15 missing, officials said.

Regional emergencies ministry spokesman Marat Rakhmatullin said the boat sank in the middle of the river in the Tatarstan region, about 450 miles (750 kilometres) east of Moscow. He said a woman drowned and her body was delivered to a hospital.

The spokeswoman for the ministry Irina Andrianova 135 passengers and 47 crew were onboard when the double-decker went down some 3 kilometres (2 miles) away from the nearest bank. The depth at the site was 20 metres (65.62 feet).

Andrianova said in televised remarks that 15 people are still missing.

The Volga, Europe’s largest river in terms of length and discharge, is up to 30 kilometres (19 miles) wide. The river is a popular tourist destination, especially in summer months. Most of Russia’s largest cities are located along its banks.

More than 80 passengers were picked up by a passing ship, many others have made it to the beach on improvised rafts or were rescued by emergency workers.

The boat, called Bulgaria, was made in late 1950s in Czechoslovakia and belongs to a local tourism company. It was going to the regional capital, Kazan from the town of Bulgar.

A tourism expert said the lack of partitions inside the Bulgaria made it vulnerable to breaches.

“It case of an accident these ships sink within minutes,” Dmitri Voropayev, head of the Samara Travel company told the Ria Novosti news agency.

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UPDATE: CORRECTION:

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Eighty-four people were rescued after a boat believed to have been carrying 173 sank on Sunday in Russia’s Volga River, an Emergencies Ministry official told Reuters. One woman was confirmed dead.

Regional ministry spokesman Oleg Zugeyev earlier said 167 people were rescued, but he later said he had been mistaken and that dozens remained unaccounted for.

(This story corrects previous story to says 84 safe, not 167)

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Steve Gutterman)

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NEWS UPDATE:

MOSCOW (Reuters) – At least 167 people were rescued after a boat believed to have been carrying 173 sank on Sunday in Russia’s Volga River, an Emergencies Ministry official told Reuters. One woman was confirmed dead.

Eighty-two people were picked up by a passing craft and 85 others were rescued from the river, regional ministry spokesman Oleg Zugeyev said. He said the exact number of people on board when the boat sank had not been confirmed.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Steve Gutterman)

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – A boat carrying over 170 people sank in Russia’s Volga river on Sunday, a spokeswoman for Emergency Ministry said.

Two bodies had been recovered and 96 people were unaccounted for after the Bulgaria sank at 1358 local time (9:58 a.m. British time) in the Tatarstan region, she said.

“We don’t know yet why it sank. There were 140 passengers and 33 staff. Two were found dead, a passing boat saved some people. Ninety six are unaccounted for,” she said.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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