28 The Tragedy On The Volga River

The Tragedy On The Volga River

Posted on July 12, 2011 by kulichik


The Bulgaria cruise ship sank on the Volga river on July, 10. The ship carried 188 passengers including the personnel. It took the ship some minutes to sink. The tragedy occurred in Tatarstan. July 12 is announced the day of mourning. Rescue operations continue till now.

Rescuers managed to pull 9 bodies out of water. It is still unknown what has happened to other 100 people. According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, just few chances are left to find them. Besides, the ship carried 70 people more than it was planned initially.

Considering preliminary data, 199 passengers were aboard including 59 children.

79 people were saved. The number includes 50 passengers, 33 members of the crew and 6 passengers out of unregistered ones.

Bulgaria sank 30 km away from Kazan. Official reasons are not announced yet. The weather was bad that day and the ship was overloaded.

The majority of the survivors were saved by the ship Arabella that was passing by. The captain reported about the accident and then took survived passengers to Kazan.

According to the words of the injured, two other ships passed by before the Arabella and no help was rendered.

It is not known yet what has happened to 100 passengers. Rescue procedures become even more complicated due to the bad weather.

Additional lighting devices are installed at the site of the accident. There are not many chances to find those who could survive. At the time of an accident there was a musical show in one of the halls which could be seen by 50 children.

The Bulgaria is a ship which is old enough. It was built in 1955 and found suitable for use during the inspection in 2011.  That’s what the ship with a list to starboard looked like.

Without passengers.

It’s difficult to say whether these damages are serious. It is only clear that the condition of the ship is far from being ideal.

Some emergency exits were closed. That’s why so many people couldn’t leave the ship.

50 children were locked in a musical hall. Note that the sea is calm. The site is hard to navigate. Not every captain can pass it if he lacks experience and skills. Besides, there are no large traffic arteries nearby, the nearest town is inhabited by 8300 people and can be considered a village.

A state commission will be set up to investigate the circumstances which led up to the accident.

According to the statement of a tourist traveled by the ship on July 3, the engine failed to work 3 times during the voyage. The power supply system was de-energized switching off the radio.
It moved so slowly that failed to reach a port in time. In spite of all the shortcomings the owners of the ship couldn’t wait to sell another set of tickets and welcome new passengers. To be able to reach the port of destination on time all the planned stops were cancelled though the ship carried the disabled and pensioners who saved money for the trip for quite a long time.

The banks are steep and high and it is not always possible to go down the water.

The captain of the ship wasn’t saved as he didn’t leave the ship. His body and the body of his wife have already been found.

Meanwhile, new details of the tragedy are only now coming to the surface. Citing a representative of the Volga transport prosecutor’s office, Interfax news agency reports that the Bulgaria voyage was operating illegally since the carrier was not licensed to transport passengers.

The authorities announced it was necessary to promote domestic tourism and attract foreign guests. Schoolchildren must visit historical places that’s why tickets have to be sold at low prices. Local authorities decided to support the program which lead to death of those people who were willing to see new places.

Location: Tatarstan

via bigpicture and  svpressa

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28 Responses to “The Tragedy On The Volga River”

  1. Boritz says:

    Very tragic.
    The Bulgaria actually appears to be in fairly good conditions, especially considering the age.
    The listing could be due to design defect, changes occurring in refit, unbalance of the fuel or waters or passengers. Doesn’t appear too bad, though.
    The river boat has shallow draught and low freeboard, so is particularly vulnerable in a storm.

  2. testicules says:

    First of all condolences to the families of this tradgedy. What a waste of life. This is something that never should have happened. This ship should have been decommisioned decades ago. However, when you have a regulatory system based on graft and a toothless legal system, these things happen. I am sure some inspector somehwere got paid to let them continue operation. While the rule of law can sometimes tramp on our freedom, it can also prevent the needless death of people.

  3. George Johnson says:

    Things like this are always sad. I just read where they found a bunch of children. Very tragic.

  4. Igor says:

    Captain go last.
    Respect.

  5. tom says:

    Another result of neglected maintenance and inadherence of instructions. We can see it everyday here, abandoned structures, hopelessness, and public unconcern to change something after all. It seems communism was only tool that could ever kept that bunch of drunks organized.

  6. Otis R. Needleman says:

    I am very sorry to hear of the accident. Indeed, a shame. Will keep the victims and families in my prayers.

  7. Zaga says:

    The huge quantity of deaths raise some serious question on Russian rescue system.at least all incidents leaves great amount of “rescued” dead peoples.the time has come to re organise all “rescue” systems. R I P to all of died in their last cruise.

  8. Tippi-Simo says:

    R.I.P.

  9. Musa says:

    My heart goes out to the families, may their loved one’s rest in peace.

  10. Russian Fan says:

    Those things are called ferries. They are typically overloaded with people. Very sad.

  11. SMERSH says:

    A terrible tragedy and one that could have been avoided. Whatever the condition of the vessel, no one needed to die if exits had been clear and proper life saving devices had been in place.

  12. OldBikr says:

    The Captain went down with the ship, I’m supposing he stayed and did his best to fix the situation. His wife went down with him too.

    Such devotion to duty is rare indeed.

    Sadness!

  13. Montesquieu says:

    A truly unfortunate tragedy. May the families of those who perished in this disaster find inner peace.

  14. marxistworker says:

    We ignore mathematics (and science) at our own peril. Age, listing, and a bad storm added together = tragedy. My sympathies to the victim’s families.

  15. mukmika says:

    Condolences to loved ones of those who died. Just terrible that children were trapped and unable to get out.May they rest in peace.

  16. a says:

    What a tragedy, RIP.

  17. Robert says:

    well after all will be a investigation and at the end everything is going to be the same.. like the fire in the disco, like the bomb in the metro, like many disasters…

  18. DouglasU says:

    Very dangerous ship design. This type of ship is extremely vulnerable to capsizing.

  19. alessio says:

    My condolances… but how come no one could save those childrens trapped in the show hall?? :(
    RIP children, brave captain and his wife

  20. alessio says:

    even the anchor made dents in the old bulgaria’s body
    the bulgaria even leans some bit one one side, how come? bad ballast?

  21. Jim-Bob says:

    What a sad, depressing and avoidable tragedy. From the looks of that ship it is a river boat and not well suited to ocean travel. Even if it were well maintained the outcome could very well have been the same. I hope they prosecute the owners of the ship as they certainly deserve it.

  22. A. Bunka says:

    The question is: will this tragedy begin action that will prevent further tragedy in the future?
    My condolences.

  23. Mitch says:

    Every Russian citizen who has ever bribed someone is guilty of this horrible act. Stop Bribery Now!!

  24. testicules says:

    LAST!

  25. PIF says:

    This is a terrible tragedy. R.I.P. people…nothing else can be said.

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