Eighty five bodies from sunken Bulgaria riverboat identified

Eighty five out of 98 bodies recovered from the sunken Bulgaria cruise vessel in Russia’s river Volga have been identified by their relatives, the forensics bureau of the republic of Tatarstan said on Wednesday.

The bureau also said that the list of the identified people includes names of 12 children.

The twin-deck Bulgaria sank on Sunday at 01:58 PM Moscow time (09:58 GMT) near the village of Syukeyevo in the Kansko-Ustinovsky district of the Republic of Tatarstan.

The ship, built in 1955 and renovated 30 years ago, had no license for carrying passengers and had a number of safety faults, including a broken engine and a list to starboard as well as being grossly overloaded.

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