At least 16 dead after bus plunges into Black Sea

The bus was carrying construction workers who were building a pier

At least 16 dead after bus plunges into Black Sea

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Updated 13.00

At least 16 people have died after a bus carrying construction workers fell off a pier and plunged into the Black Sea in southern Russia.

There were 41 people on board and 24 were rescued by scuba divers, with one man still missing, said Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry.

Eight people are in hospital, five of them in a serious condition.

The bus was carrying workers from their shift building a pier for the Tamanneftegaz oil company.

It happened outside the town of Volna on the Taman peninsula - just across the sea from Crimea.

The bus fell four metres into the water.

The cause is so far unconfirmed but local authorities said they suspected the bus' brakes were faulty.