Archive for 07/10/2011

Mail Online –

A cruise ship carrying over 170 people sank in Russia’s Volga river on Sunday, a spokeswoman for Emergency Ministry said.

Two bodies had been recovered and 96 people were unaccounted for after the Bulgaria sank at 1358 local time (0858 GMT) in the Tatarstan region, 500 miles east of Moscow, she said.             

‘We don’t know yet why it sank. There were 140 passengers and 33 staff. Two were found dead, a passing boat saved some people. Ninety six are unaccounted for,’ she said.

As many as 55 people have been rescued by a passing ship,” the emergencies center said.

The double-deck cruise ship went down near the village of Syukeevo in the Kansko-Ustinovsky district  near the region’s capital, Kazan.

It sank two miles from shore in 60 feet of water.

Earlier reports said there were 22 people still aboard the ship.

A helicopter and two rescue boats are currently working on the scene of the incident.

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The Jakarta Post –

The police said that a rescue team would continue to search for eleven missing passengers including six intelligence officers whose fishing boat capsized in a storm on Friday off the coast of Masni, Manokwari, West Papua.

“We will keep searching for them. We have focused the search in several spots,” Manokwari Police chief Sr. Comr. Agustinus Supriyanto said on Sunday as quoted by Tempointeraktif.com.

The search and rescue team has widened its search area radius to five miles from the location of the accident.

The team is a joint force of the Indonesian Navy, the Manokwari Police, the Army, the Papuan mobile brigade and the search and rescue team.

Fishing boat Sinar Pagi boarded 11 passengers including the six intelligence officers on Tuesday, July 5, and was identified as missing on July 7.

The six missing intelligence officers are Andri Winarta, Bayu Kumilang, Prim Sulikron, Hana Siwaan, Gion Sembiring and Sohibun. The other passengers are Wasidi, Slamet Rosidi, Romli, Dedi and Mr. X. (rpt)