50 dead in Russian cruise ship sinking
Many of those feared dead are children.
Ayinde O. Chase
Moscow, Russian Federation
July 11, 2011 02:31 pm EDT
Disaster And Accident, Transport Accident, Maritime Accident, Economy, Business And Finance, Transport, Waterway And Maritime Transport
A Russian cruise ship that sank on Sunday has left dozens dead in its wake. An estimated 50 passengers are confirmed dead and more than 80 others missing.
Of the 50 dead, four are children.
The double-decker ship, Bulgaria, was carrying an estimated 208 passengers, more than the 120 it was licensed to carry when it capsized two miles off shore on the Volga River at 1:58 p.m. local time.
Many of those picked from the water were rescued by passing boats and first responders. Rescue crews remain on the river bank’s shores and islands.
According to survivors, the 1955 Czechoslovakian-made vessel was listing to one side as it made a turn and a wave crashed over the deck. The ship had not been updated in years and sank quickly, possibly as fast as five minutes.
On Monday, Russian Emergencies Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova conceded hope is fading in finding survivors.
President Dmitry Medvedev promised a full investigation into the incident and declared Tuesday a day of national mourning.
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