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KAZAN, July 25 (Itar-Tass) —— The death toll from the Bulgaria ship wreck has reached 122 after rescuers found two more dead bodies, a spokesman for the emergencies administration in the republic of Tatarstan told Itar-Tass on Monday. Thus, now there are no more missing.
“As of now, the death of 122 people has been officially registered,” he said. The dead bodies of two women reported missing in the ship wreck were found in an examination of the ship’s premises.
Most of the dead, or 114, were recovered shortly after the accident. Six were found after the ship was lifter from a depth of 20 meters and tugged to shallow waters.
Now the ship is examined by investigators. When the examination is over, the ship will be disposed.
There are no visible damages outside and inside the boat, head of the Volga regional emergencies centre Igor Panshin said earlier. Devices in the wheelhouse prove that the vessel was heading for a shoal at full speed. The Bulgaria didn’t make to the shoal some 40 meters.
Argorechtur General Director Svetlana Inyakina and senior expert of the Kama branch of the Russian River Register Yakov Ivashov were been detained in the investigation of the Bulgaria wreck. They are charged with rendering unsafe services, which caused more than two deaths through negligence.
More to it, criminal proceedings were initiated against the captains of two ships, Yuri Tuchin from the Arbat dry cargo carrier, and Alexander Yegorov from the Dunaisky 66 tugboat, which passed by the sinking Bulgaria. The two men are charged with not rendering help and may face up to two years in prison.
The Bulgaria pleasure boat, which was on a Bolgary-Kazan river voyage, 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. According to latest information, there were 201 people aboard, some of them unregistered. Seventy-nine were rescued.