Russia mourns cruise ship victims as salvage continued

09:17, July 13, 2011      

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A family member of a victim takes a rest at the rescue headquarters near the accident site in Tatarstan, July 12, 2011. Rescue work is still under way on Tuesday as the salvage operation of the sunken Bulgaria ship in Russia's Volga river entered the third day. The Russian Emergencies Ministry confirmed Tuesday that at least 88 people had died in Sunday's ship sinking tragedy. (Xinhua/Li Yong)

Russia on Tuesday mourned the victims of the tragic sinking of the Bulgaria cruise ship on the Volga river, while divers were still working underwater to salvage more bodies from the Volga river.

The confirmed death toll stood at 92, with most of the victims being children and women. The Russian Investigation Committee's updated information showed the boat had 192 people onboard.


Russian TV and radio stations canceled entertainment and commercial programs during the national day of mourning as flags were flown at half mast across the country.

Flowers, candles and toys were presented at the central square and main embankment of Kazan, capital of Tatarstan republic, where the disaster happened.

Boats on the waterway sounded their horns at noon Tuesday to mourn the victims, who had joined the ill-fated journey on a ship with a malfunctioning engine and a dangerously long passenger list but no voyage license.

Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin told a press briefing that as of 6:00 p.m. Moscow time Tuesday, 92 bodies have been found and 73 of them identified. Thirty-six bodies have been transferred for burial, he added.

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