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Russia Prepares To Raise Sunken Cruise Ship


Bodies of 114 people have been recovered

Bodies of 114 people have been recovered

Russia is preparing to raise the wreckage of the "Bulgaria" cruise ship, a week after it sank in the republic of Tatarstan with more than 200 people onboard, many of them children.
Dozens of divers and two giant cranes are involved in the operation to lift the sunken ship, which started early on July 17. Officials say the ship could be raised later in the day.
Rescuers have retrieved the bodies of 114 people; 15 are still reported missing.
Seventy-nine people survived the tragedy, Russia's worst shipping accident in decades.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has blamed overcrowding and safety violations for the tragedy.

compiled from agency reports
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