"The preparation to refloat the boat actually began last night. The operation involves forces and equipment of the Administration of Seaports, in particular, the diving team of the Odesa branch, Bohatyr floating crane and tug-ships of the Illichivsk branch, as well as forces and equipment of the State Emergency Service of the Odesa region. The floating crane with a group of divers is currently near Ivolha vessel and, one might say, they are making a lodgment and try to set the slings to begin the refloating process itself," Vaskov said.
The Deputy Minister also told about yesterday's telephone conversation with the owner of the sunken vessel. According to Vaskov, the person had no intention to flee.
"He does not deny the fact that it (Ivolha - Ed.) took the sea with almost three-fold excess number of passengers, as well as the fact that it got off the illegal ship base," the official said.
In addition, Vaskov told about launched unscheduled inspection of small vessels.
"They started this morning. Perhaps the vessels are inspected this very moment... It will certainly be unscheduled inspections, which will be conducted all over the bases of such vessels," the deputy minister said.