Bodies of Bulgarian Cargo Ship Vanessa's Captain, 4 More Sailors Identified

Society | March 17, 2008, Monday // 00:00

Authorities managed to establish the identities of five more maritime officials, whose bodies were found close to the Sea of Azov shore after Bulgaria's vessel Vanessa shipwrecked in the beginning of January.

The ship's captain Miroslav Dimitrov, the mechanic Adrian Hristov and the sailors Dimo Dimov, Dimitar Chepishev and Toncho Bakalov were identified among the victims in the last two days.

The names of the boatswain Goran Todorov and the Ukrainian sailor Oleg Yunikov have added to the list of the dead crewmembers among all 11, who were on board at the time of sinking.

Ukrainian rescuers recovered the bodies of Petko Momchev and Georgi Zhelev days after the targedy, while the only survivor is Nikolay Dimitrov. The mechanic was rescued after spending 10 hours in the ice-cold waters.

The search for the last missing sailor continues.

The reasons for the shipwreck are still under investigation that will last for at least two more months.

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