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CREWS PULL ILINDEN OUT OF LAKE



National.

Special crews on Wednesday started to pull up the submerged boat Ilinden, which sank in Lake Ohrid leaving 15 Bulgarian tourists dead.

Experts from Croatia's company Dubina have been tasked to haul the vessel out of water with special balloons.

A sightseeing boat carrying dozens of Bulgarian tourists sank just offshore the lake on September 5. A total of 15 people have drowned after the boat capsized in the lake. The vessel was 200 meters from shore when it sank rapidly at a depth of seven meters.

Once hauled out of water, experts from Macedonia, Bulgaria and Croatia will examine the vessel to establish the cause of sinking. Initial reports say the broken steering cable could be the probable cause of the accident.

Police officers and divers have been deployed at the accident site, near Eleshac tent site.

Vesna Kicheec, investigating magistrate from Ohrid, is in charge of the investigation into the accident. Bulgaria's deputy attorney-general is part of the team running theinvestigation.


[Makfax]

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