Official: Azerbaijani citizens were not onboard sunken ship "Bulgaria"

Other News Materials 11 July 2011 11:10 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 11 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /

Azerbaijani citizens were not onboard the sunken ship "Bulgaria" on the Volga River, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's employee told Trend by phone from Kazan.

"We have lists of passengers from the ship," she said. "Almost all the passengers are people of Tatarstan. Most of them are Kazan residences, though some are from Yelabuga, Naberezhnye Chelny, and one from Perm."

According to reports, 196 people were onboard the "Bulgaria", President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov told journalists on Monday.

"Some 196 people were on board. The list is missing fifteen people who did not buy tourist vouchers," he said. President Minnikhanov added that the victims have not been identified.
The dead bodies of nine victims have been found so far.
Some 85 passengers, 23 members of the 33-person crew, and 6 people from 18 undocumented passengers have been rescued.

Data on the number of people aboard the sunken ship is constantly changing.

The "Bulgaria" cruise line sank during a storm on Sunday afternoon on the Volga near the village of Syukeyevo in the Kansko-Ustinovsky district of the Republic of Tatarstan.

The two-decked ship, built in 1955 in Czechoslovakia, was at a depth of 20 meters, 3 kilometers from the coast of the Kuibyshev reservoir.