KAZAN, July 15 (Itar-Tass) —— All the 114 bodies found on the MS Bulgaria wreck site in Tatarstan have been identified, the republican health ministry told Itar-Tass on Friday.
“A total of 114 bodies were brought to the Tatarstan forensic medical bureau: those of 28 children, 66 women and 20 men. All the bodies were identified,” the ministry said, adding that 111 bodies were transferred to families for burial.
The ship had 208 people aboard, but only 79 of them – 29 women, ten children and 40 men were rescued. Fifteen people are deemed missing.
The MS Bulgaria sank in a storm in the Kuibyshevskoye dam lake, three kilometers away from the shore, on July 10. The ship built in Czechoslovakia in 1955 titled to the right and sank within minutes.
The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry cuts the team, which is working on the MS Bulgaria wreck site in Tatarstan, Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday.
“The team will be reduced today. Instead, we will form a diving team, which will lift the vessel together with the general contractor Podvodrechstroy and the Defense Ministry’ s 40th Research Institute, which has planned the lift,” he said.
Divers will also examine the river bottom after the vessel is lifted, Shoigu said.
Twenty vessels and 72 specialists, including 23 divers, will lift the wrecked MS Bulgaria, the Russian Transport Ministry said earlier.
“The action plan has been drafted and presented to the federal state unitary enterprise Podvodrechstroy for approval. Divers are attaching cables to the sunken ship,” head of the Defense Ministry’s 40th Research Institute Andrei Zvyagintsev said.
The ministry’s psychologists have almost accomplished their mission. They have provided aid to 3,600 people.
A number of psychologists will stay on the wreck site to provide assistance to the personnel engaged in the search for shipwreck victims and the lift of the sunken ship, Shoigu said.
Meanwhile, head of the ministry’s Volga regional center Igor Panshin noted that all the accessible places of the ship had been examined and robots had searched the riverbed.