Search for Survivors in Azov Sea Ceased

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Bulgaria: Search for Survivors in Azov Sea Ceased A total of 10 Bulgarian sailors (pictured) and an Ukrainian were aboard the cargo ship Vanessa, which sank in the ice-cold Azov Sea. Photo by bulphoto

Ukrainian authorities decided Monday to call off the search for survivors about ten days after Bulgarian cargo ship sank in the Azov Sea.

Rescue operations start on January 3 and were put to an end on January 12 as all data available show there was not chance for any of the sailors on board to have stayed alive.

The reasons for the shipwreck will be under investigation that will last for at least three months.

Bulgarian investigators are now working on six versions concerning the factors that caused the shipwreck, including that business interests lay behind it, as claimed by Ukraine's Transport and Communications Minister Yosip Vinsky.

He said the vessel refused help twice in the beginning of the storm, as the owner of the ship probably decided to save money on the rescue operation.

According to another version, incorrectly stowed and secured cargo may have caused the ship's sinking.

Sources close to the investigators of the tragic incident have said that the scrap metal cargo may have come out of place during the deadly storm and punctured the ship's shell.

Mechanic Nikolay Dimitrov who is the only survivor so far of the 11 crewmembers aboard Vanessa, arrived Wednesday in the coastal city of Burgas.

Dimitrov who was rescued after spending 10 hours in the ice-cold waters said he will speak to the media about the tragedy on Thursday.
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