RF transport oversight authority to end probe into MS Bulgaria shipwreck

MOSCOW, August 15 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia’s federal transport oversight authority (Rostransnadzor) on Monday will end the investigation into the MS Bulgaria shipwreck of July 10 and will submit a report to the Russian Investigations Committee.

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 tilted to the right and sank within minutes. According to the latest information, there were 201 people aboard, some of them unregistered. Seventy-nine were rescued. The officially confirmed death toll is 122 people – 28 children, 72 women and 22 men.

“Rostransdazor’s commission investigating into the Bulgaria shipwreck will end its activity on August 15. The commission is verifying the compliance with law by all the participants in the accident,” a Rostransnadzor spokesman told Itar-Tass. “Materials of the investigation will be submitted to the investigation agencies.”

“Administrative measures will be taken after the investigation is over, and charges will be brought against officials for improper performance of their duties,” the spokesman added.


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