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63 confirmed dead in Russian cruise ship sinking

63 confirmed dead in Russian cruise ship sinking

Russia is observing a day of mourning for victims of a cruise ship sinking as divers work deep underwater in a Volga River reservoir to try to find more bodies.
The confirmed death toll stands at 63 as of Tuesday morning, but 64 people remain missing. Hopes of finding any more survivors are faint.
The 55-year-old double-decker boat was carrying 208 people when it sank Sunday, a load about 75 percent more than it was licensed to carry. But whether the overloading was a factor in the sinking remains undetermined. Investigators say survivors report that the boat was listing to starboard and having engine trouble even as it left the town of Bulgar en route to Kazan, about 750 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow.


Updated : 2021-06-19 05:32 GMT+08:00