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.Â That’s what the ship with a list to starboard looked like.
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.