Sunken Russian Boat Overloaded

Roman Kruchinin / AP Photo

A relative embraces a survivor upon the arrival of the Arabella riverboat with dozens of survivors of a shipwreck in Kazan, on Sunday, July 10, 2011, on the Volga River, in central Russia. A woman drowned and some 100 remain missing after the double-decker passenger boat sank in the middle of the river some 3 kilometers (2 miles) away from the nearest bank, in the Tatarstan region, about 450 miles (750 kilometers) east of Moscow.

The Russian passenger boat that sunk Sunday was overloaded and in need of repairs, officials said Monday. The death toll has risen to 58 from the accident, which occurred two miles from the shore of the Volga River. Some 70 people are still missing. Not only did the boat hold 50 passengers more than it was designed to carry, but the craft wasn't licensed to carry passengers, didn't undergo repairs in 30 years, and was operating without a left engine. Eighty people were rescued after the accident; divers have recovered 58 bodies, including those of five children, of the 128 people who are presumed dead. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered all such passenger boats undergo repairs or be taken out of service since the accident.