Tragedy on the "Bulgar" through eyewitnesses

Eyewitnesses of the tragedy say that the ship went under water in just a couple of minutes. Chronicle of events - from the correspondent of the TV channel "Russia-24".


It was the most common flight. These are often called weekend flights. On Saturday evening the ship "Bulgaria" left Kazan and at seven o'clock in the morning of Sunday moored in the town of Bulgar. The tour lasted about three hours, and on 11 in the morning, the passengers were already on board. The motor ship lay on the way back. Before the crash there were about two hours. It all happened in a matter of minutes. About three kilometers from the coast, in front of the village of Syukeyevo, the ship dramatically tilted and began to sink. The tragedy developed so rapidly that the passengers did not even have time to understand what had happened.

“He immediately fell on the right side. That's how it tumbled and everything remained there,” says eyewitness Nikolay Chernov.

Natalya Makarova and her husband were at that moment in their cabin. They owe their salvation to their own daughter. But they could not save her life.

“The child saved my life with my husband. She ran up two minutes before the disaster and said: Dad, Mom, the ship will now sink, put on the vests. I have a stupor - how to sink?” Recalls Natalia.

Natalia tried to keep her daughter to the last. But when the ship was already under water, an airlock knocked her out of the hands of her mother.

There were a lot of children on the boat. Some of the children before the disaster were gathered in a separate room, from which they could not get out. Jump overboard was mostly adults. They spent about two more hours in the water.

“Two ships passed - they didn’t stop at all. We waved and waved at them. Volganeft passed blue-blue with large sides, passed by, didn’t stop at all. Then the barge didn’t stop. And only this one stopped,” Nikolai Chernov continues.

Those who managed to escape, picked up the cruise ship "Arabella". Rinat Rakhimov on Bulgaria had a daughter with her husband. It was a little honeymoon trip. On board the "Arabella" son-in-law has called one. What happened, Rinat knows only from his words.

“We, he says, sank, I said, he gave his wife a hand, did not have time to pull her out of there. He says he swam out, but what turned out to be there, I don’t know. Here we are waiting for him,” says Rinat.

The motor ship Bulgaria itself was built in Czechoslovakia as far back as 1955, and, according to some sources, it never underwent a major overhaul. Yes, and design features were outdated.

The motor ship "Bulgaria" sank at 20-meter depth. The Emergencies Ministry said that hopes of finding the living among those who are still missing are melting away with each hour of searching.
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  1. Smirnov Vadim 11 July 2011 09: 47 New
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    We can not strain the terrorists to prepare terrorist acts, we will do everything with our crucifix himself. :(
    Antediluvian technique flies and floats.
  2. pokermen
    pokermen 11 July 2011 10: 49 New
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    Again, due to greed and greed, hundreds of people died ..... Lame horse, Sayano-Shushenskaya, Raspadskaya, a bunch of planes that crashed ....... and we have all the innovations and modernization
    1. slan
      slan 11 July 2011 18: 52 New
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      And it seems like Medvedev and not even Putin are to blame.
  3. sancho 11 July 2011 11: 19 New
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    We better have the Sochi Olympics. All the money there. People don’t need normal ships, vehicles, etc. ... we need spectacles! Again money rasp .... t! Nah .... this Olympics? Nah ..... equip these resorts? Nah .... is this infrastructure in Sochi? Why not send it all to the regions? People have nowhere to rest, children too. In Sochi, more expensive than abroad. What Nah .... caring for people. It’s easier to buy a yacht than to lay some sort of motor ship new for people to relax! Nah .... Nah ... Nah ....
  4. figwam 11 July 2011 13: 30 New
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    Sochi is a vacation for wealthy domestic people, and for officials too. And ordinary people will have a rest in the form of fishing and then pay, and then collect mushrooms and berries.
    The country is ruled by FABLO, and the entrepreneur’s profit of 300% will not stop any criminal code.
  5. datur 11 July 2011 14: 18 New
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    pokermen,
    ..and we have all the innovations and modernization --- BY THE BEST CUTTING AND UNLIMITED MONEY !!!! IN THIS OUR MODERNIZERS ALREADY DO NOT EQUAL. WE ARE DUST UNDER THEIR FEET.!
  6. The Soviet
    The Soviet 11 July 2011 14: 38 New
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    ..radi profit spit on everything and everyone .. why is the current government better than the abused communists ..
  7. His
    His 11 July 2011 19: 34 New
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    According to the Internet, he was released in 1955.
  8. Ivan35
    Ivan35 11 July 2011 20: 36 New
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    The collapse of the Union has led to the fact that many planned updates to the fleet of the most diverse equipment have not been carried out for 20 years. Not repaired city networks, power plants, etc.
    And private traders bought these motor ships and all inspections and inspections were probably avoided for small bribes
    It is urgent, at least a little bit, but to return to the Union
  9. DAGESTAN333 11 July 2011 21: 34 New
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    I am sorry for the relatives of the victims.

    The death of children is unforgivable for us.
  10. Professor 11 July 2011 22: 37 New
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    The deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

    This state-of-the-art vessel couldn’t be let out with people on board in accordance with GOST or in any other register. It is urgent to carry out a re-certification of all passenger crew and write off such antiques for scrap.
    1. His
      His 11 July 2011 22: 39 New
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      We need a system to restore inspections and liability in transport
  11. Vladimir
    Vladimir 12 July 2011 08: 50 New
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    Condolences to the families of the fallen.

    As for inspections, people will conduct them again, and that’s bribes, corruption, they will punish some sucker publicly and forget forever, until the next time. Officials should be imprisoned, the death penalty should be abolished, trials should not be delayed for 10 years, so that from the mere thought of a bribe their heartburn would begin.
  12. Smirnov Vadim 12 July 2011 09: 17 New
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    It’s just that today's state system is rotten through and through like Bulgaria’s trough. Our state, too, rolls on its side and is about to go to the bottom. As long as taxis runaway - nothing will change.
    1. His
      His 12 July 2011 20: 00 New
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      We all sometimes disregard the law. In which case we are trying to find a corruption outlet. What is the problem then, we are residents of this state. Indeed, on this trough our people sailed, who bought tickets from our own citizens. Who's guilty? Conscience is the best controller
  13. APASUS 12 July 2011 15: 30 New
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    While the country had a reserve created under the USSR, we were still moving fairly well, but time goes on. And in the new Russia, we did not create anything other than oligarchs
  14. Jokernauter
    Jokernauter 12 July 2011 23: 32 New
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    Where? the world is rolling because children are not at all to blame. They grow in a rotten world, it’s so insulting :-(
  15. Ilkornej
    Ilkornej 13 July 2011 03: 56 New
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    I really want to publish lists of crews of past ships that did not provide assistance. Such people are worse than any tragedy. Just to know and to meet when meeting.
  16. Pinocchio
    Pinocchio 13 July 2011 07: 27 New
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    A bicycle, a car, an airplane, a motor ship, a steam locomotive are all dangerous forms of transport. We got used to it ... there is no way without it ..... This tragedy once again shows how human life is not worth a penny. There is not only professionalism, but an elementary responsibility of people who were obliged to ensure the safety of passengers on duty. ..... Volga-Volga ...... mother dear .... Volga wonderful river ..... you took a lot of lives, and took to heaven ... We mourn ....
  17. Vladimirdt
    Vladimirdt 13 July 2011 15: 12 New
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    Volganeft - SHIT. The crew leaders - a disgrace and a public trial.
    Where are these pi .. races recruited, really from the local ???????????
  18. the sun
    the sun 13 July 2011 21: 53 New
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    I am very sorry for the relatives and families of the deceased, very sorry for the children.