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Many missing as Russian boat Bulgaria sinks on Volga

  • 7-10-2011

More than 110 people are missing and feared dead after a tourist boat sank on the Volga River in Russia.

Dozens of people were rescued after the boat sank in the Tatarstan region, about 750km (450 miles) east of Moscow. At least two deaths are confirmed.

More than 180 passengers and crew were believed to be on the Bulgaria, which was sailing from the town of Bulgar to the regional capital, Kazan.

Hopes of finding survivors faded as a rescue operation continued after dark.

Bad weather, mechanical failure on the aged craft and overcrowding have all been cited as possible reasons why the boat sank, says the BBC's Steve Rosenberg in Moscow.

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