6 Sep 2009

Mourning for 15 dead in Macedonia boat accident

4:12 pm on 6 September 2009

The governments of Macedonia and Bulgaria have declared a day of mourning after a boat carrying dozens of Bulgarian tourists sank in a lake in Macedonia, killing 15 of them.

The BBC reports that the Ilinden sank about 200m from the shore, reportedly within four minutes.

Some 42 passengers were rescued, but four were seriously injured and about 50 others are recovering in a hotel near where the boat capsized.

The aging vessel was severely overcrowded and was registered to carry 43 people, but there were in fact 73 onboard.

Macedonian Transport Minister Mile Janakievski has offered his resignation in the aftermath of what police called the worst accident ever to happen on the lake.