Rescue workers found seven bodies on Friday in the smouldering rubble of a civilian cargo ship in Russia's Kaliningrad region, a navy spokesman said.
Ten workers had been missing following an explosion and fire on the ship, the Yenisei, in dry dock at a naval ship repair factory in Kaliningrad, a tiny enclave bordering Lithuania, Poland and the Baltic Sea.
"Ten were missing, seven found. The excavation is still ongoing and we expect to find the rest shortly," Captain Igor Dygalo said by telephone.
The ship is civilian-owned but the navy has sent its commanding admiral to head an investigation into the incident as the factory is owned by the Russian military.
Dygalo said it was too early to determine the cause of the accident. Local media suggest it was an explosion in a fuel tank caused by welding equipment.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Haziran 2008, 16:30