KAZAN-MICOM: as many as 128 people were reported dead after a tourist boat sank excess passengers in the Volga River, and Russia expressed hopes of finding more people alive is thinning on Monday (11/7).
Eighty people were rescued on Sunday in the worst accident in Russia after the Bulgaria, two-storey ocean liner built in 1955, drowned in the River in the region of Tatarstan.
Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Dmitry Medvedev that expectations to thin out to find more passengers who were still alive while divers found a number of bodies from the ship.
As many as 60 of the passengers might be children, Russia media reported.
Survivors said as many as 30 children gather in a room near the stern of the ship to fool a few minutes before it sank.
Natalya Makarova, who survived the accident, told state television that many small children on board. He said his son apart in hand as they fight to save themselves.
“We were all buried alive on the ship it as in a metal coffin,” said Makarova.
Medvedev says if the regulations on safety noting the accident will not occur. “According to information we received today, the condition of the ship was of concern,” said Medvedev in the Council along with the senior Minister at his residence at Gorki, on the outskirts of Moscow.
He called for a thorough examination of transport ships in Russia and Announces day of mourning on Tuesday. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sent his condolences. (Ant/Reuters/OL-2)
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