Jul 11 - Russian President Medvedev orders a thorough investigation of the Volga River boat accident and the inspection of all passenger vessels. Nick Rowlands reports.
After observing a minute's silence for the victims of the Volga River boat accident, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says a thorough check of all passenger vessels must be carried out. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT DMITRY MEDVEDEV: "We need to study thoroughly the reasons why it happened. And if the version about the technical violations is confirmed, we will need to study why the ship owner used the vessel with such technical conditions. We need to study the actions of the crew, and this will be the task not only for the government commission but also for the Prosecutor's Office and the investigative authorities." In a separate statement, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, asking people "to pay tribute to their memory." The overloaded tourist boat sank in the Volga River during a storm on Sunday, killing as many as 128 people. Eighty people were rescued from the double-decker cruiser, built in 1955, though the Emergency Situations Minister said there is little hope of finding any one else alive. Russian media reported that as many as 60 passengers may have been children. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.