Death toll of Russian ship sinking rises to 120

Updated: 2011-07-25 09:12


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MOSCOW - A total of six bodies were found Sunday inside the sunken Bulgaria riverboat, bringing death toll of the Volga disaster to 120, said Tatarstan Emergency Situations Ministry.

"There are two women left on the missing list," a source of the ministry told Itar-Tass news agency, adding that divers were still searching for the missing along the riverbank and on 12 islands.

Two floating cranes lifted the ship from the Volga river bed and towed it to shallow waters on Saturday.

After pumping out the water, the ship will keep afloat and be examined thoroughly, the ministry said.

The Bulgaria cruise ship sank in a storm in the Volga river on July 10. Russia's Investigation Committee on Friday fixed the number of passengers aboard at 201, not previously reported 208. Only 79 passengers were rescued.  

After the tragedy, Russia has suspended the operation of all ships of the same class.


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