Bulgaria cruise ship exceeded passenger capacity by 65 people

The cruise ship Bulgaria which sank in Russia’s Volga River on Sunday afternoon, was carrying 185 people, 65 more than the maximum 120 allowed by technical regulations for this type of the vessel, the head of the regional emergencies department said on Monday.

Two-decked Bulgaria with 185 people on board sank in the Volga River on Sunday at 13:58 Moscow time (09:58 GMT) near the village of Syukeyevo in the Kansko-Ustinovsky district of the Republic of Tatarstan.

“On top of all, there were six fare dodgers on board the vessel. There is a possibility that the number may be higher,” Igor Panshin, the head of the emergencies ministry department in the Volga Region, said.

According to the latest data from the Emergencies Ministry, five people, including a child, were discovered dead, 80 saved and 100 are still missing.

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