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22 killed in Macedonia boat accident

At least 22 people died when a tourist boat sank on Saturday in Ohrid Lake in southwest Macedonia, media reports said. Initial reports said 12 people drowned and five were missing, but Macedonian A1 television later reported that 22 bodies had been recovered.

world Updated: Sep 05, 2009 21:01 IST
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At least 22 people died when a tourist boat sank on Saturday in Ohrid Lake in southwest Macedonia, media reports said.

Initial reports said 12 people drowned and five were missing, but Macedonian A1 television later reported that 22 bodies had been recovered.

The television also reported that there were 74 people on board - 62 of them Bulgarian tourists on their way to the medieval monastery St Naum. The vessel was licensed for only 43 people.

The vessel, the Ilinden, was constructed in 1924 in Regensburg, Germany, and had recently undergone a technical checkup. Witnesses told local media the vessel broke in two parts and sank within one minute.

Lake Ohrid, the deepest in the Balkans, is Macedonia's most popular tourist destination, drawing tens of thousands of local and foreign tourists every year.

Unesco declared both the lake and the town of Ohrid as World heritage site in 1980.