Europe tour boat disaster timeline

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The deadliest accidents involving tourist boats and ferries over the past quarter century in Europe:

- September 1, 1986: 423 people aboard the Soviet cruise ship Admiral Nakhirov die when the vessel collides with a grain-carrier in the Black Sea.

- March 6, 1987: 193 people die when the British car ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsizes shortly after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge en route for Dover.

- August 20, 1989: 55 die when the Marchioness, a tour boat hired for a private party, is cut in two by a barge and sinks on the River Thames in central London.

- September 27, 1994: 852 people die when the ferry Estonia sinks overnight in the Baltic Sea.

- September 26, 2000: 80 dead when the ageing Greek ferry Samena hits rocks and sinks in the Aegean Sea.

- July 10, 2011: At least 100 missing, presumed dead, when an overcrowded cruise boat, the Bulgaria, sinks on the River Volga in Russia.

© 2011 AFP

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