10 Jul '11, 7pm

One dead, 111 missing in Volga boat accident

One dead, 111 missing in Volga boat accident

MOSCOW: At least one person died and 111 are missing Sunday after a Soviet-era cruise ship carrying nearly 200 people, including many children, sank on Russia's Volga River, officials and witnesses said. A passing riverboat managed to pick up 76 people off the Bulgaria, which was packed with 188 tourists and crew members when it went down during a storm in the central Russian republic of Tatarstan, rescue officials said. "The fate of 111 people remains unknown," local emergencies ministry spokeswoman Svetlana Lebedeva said by telephone. But at least one survivor said the boat sank and capsized so quickly he feared many people had died, including dozens of children. The accident happened at around 2:00 pm (1000 GMT) some three kilometres (two miles) from the shore, officials said. The Bulgaria now lying 20 metres (66 feet) down on the riverbed, they added. The first survivo...

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