Russia bans ships similar to sunken Bulgaria riverboat

July 17th, 2011 - 8:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, July 17 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia has imposed a ban on ships similar to the sunken Bulgaria riverboat until the causes of the tragedy are established, Transport Minister Igor Levitin said Sunday.

A decision on further operation of these ships will be taken after the investigators’ findings, Levitin said.

The 79-metre Bulgaria cruiser sank within minutes July 10 on the Volga River, killing at least 114 people.

There were reportedly as many as 208 people on board the twin-deck Bulgaria. Sseventy-nine people have been rescued while 15 are still missing.

Russian authorities said the boat had no licence to carry passengers, its left engine had a problem, and it was heavily overloaded.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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