15 Jul 2011

More bodies recovered from river wreck

5:27 am on 15 July 2011

Russian divers have recovered more bodies from the wreck of a tourist boat that sank to the bottom of the Volga River, bringing the confirmed death toll to 109.

Twenty people are still missing and presumed dead after the river cruiser Bulgaria sank in minutes during a thunderstorm on Sunday, trapping many passengers inside. About 80 people were rescued.

Officials said the boat was designed for 140 passengers and crew but it had been carrying 208 people.

The Bulgaria was built in 1955. Prosecutors said it also lacked the correct licences and one of its engines was not working.

Searchers have broadened the scope of their operation to an area stretching 190km around the site.