27 children die in Bulgaria passenger ship crash.

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MOSCOW, July 14 (Itar-Tass) — A total of 27 children died in the crash of the Bulgaria passenger ship, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry reported on Thursday.

“Among 113 people who died in the accident are 65 women, 27 children and 21 men,” the ministry said.

At present, 16 people – five women, six children and five men — are to be missing.

Totally there were 208 people aboard the ship. Seventy-nine people – 29 women, 10 children and 40 men – were saved.

The death toll from the sunken Bulgaria passenger ship reached 111 people, the Emergency Situations Ministry’s press service told Itar-Tass.

“According to official data, 111 people died after the Bulgaria passenger ship sank. Their bodies were raised to the surface,” the press service said.

Eighteen people are considered missing, the press service added.

Specialists of the Federal Medical-Biological Agency (FMBA) have left for Tatarstan to the site where the Bulgaria cruise ship sank, FMBA spokeswoman Svetlana Marchenko told Itar-Tass.

Specialists left for Tatarstan on the instruction of the Russian healthcare and social development minister, Marchenko said.

“The detachment involves 11 specialists. These are anaesthesiologists-resuscitators and nurses-anaesthetists from the Burnazyan Federal Biophysical Research Centre and the FMBA clinics NN 119 and 123. The medical detachment has special cars, necessary medical equipment and medications,” she said.

“The key task of the detachment is to provide medical assistance to divers in case of divers specific diseases [decompression sickness],” the spokeswoman said, adding that medics would take part in conducting a medical examination before and after the operation, making breaks between descents underwater and render aid in case of traumas and diseases,” Marchenko said.

A draft document on raising the Bulgaria cruise ship to the surface will be approved on Thursday evening, Transport Deputy Minister Viktor Olersky said.

“The draft will be signed today at 9 p.m. Moscow time due to the results of the full inspection of the ship,” Olersky said at a telephone conference.

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