Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

63 confirmed dead in boat sinking

Rescue boats try to locate passengers of a tourist boat that sunk on the Volga (AP)

Russia is observing a day of mourning for the victims of a cruise ship sinking as divers work deep underwater in a Volga River reservoir to try to find more bodies.

The confirmed death toll stood at 63, but 64 people remain missing and hopes of finding any more survivors are fading.

The 55-year-old double-decker boat was carrying 208 people when it sank on Sunday, a load about 75% more than it was licensed to carry. But whether the overloading was a factor in the sinking remains undetermined.

Investigators said survivors reported that the boat was listing to starboard and having engine trouble even as it left the town of Bulgar en route to Kazan, about 450 miles east of Moscow.

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz