Volga River Boat Disaster Death Toll Climbs to 119, Rossiya Says

July 24 (Bloomberg) -- The confirmed death toll in a July 10 shipwreck on Russia’s Volga River rose to 119 after divers recovered five more bodies today, Rossiya 24 said.

The double-decker ship Bulgaria, which had 201 people on board when it sank during an unlicensed cruise, was raised from the river bottom and towed on to a sandbank, the state-run television station reported on its website today, citing the Emergency Situations Ministry.

Rescue workers are sealing the hull and pumping out water to allow it to float, after which it will be handed over to the federal Investigative Committee, which will decide if the ship should be towed into dock for inspection, Rossiya 24 said.

The search for bodies continues on the shore, the river bottom and inside the boat, Rossiya 24 said.

President Dmitry Medvedev vowed “a complete review” of passenger ships after the Bulgaria went down about three kilometers from shore.

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