Russia begins lifting sunken ship from Volga

July 22nd, 2011 - 4:11 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, July 22 (IANS) Russian officials Thursday night began an operation for lifting the ship that sank in the Volga river, killing at least 114 people, a media report said.

The upper deck of the sunken Bulgaria was lifted 1.5 metres above the water level, Xinhua reported citing Itar-Tass news agency.

A spokesman said the ship’s portholes would be plumbed and the water will then be pumped out. The cruiser would be lifted fully after the water is pumped out and then be tugged to a floating dockyard.

The 65-year-old Bulgaria - with 208 people onboard - sank in the Volga July 10. A total of 114 bodies have so far been found.

The ship wreckage is lying at a depth of about 20 metres.

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