Pilot of cruise ship that smashed into Venice canal tour boat describes how he battled to avoid disaster when vessel’s controls failed and tugboats helplessly tried to pull the vessel to safety
The pilot of the MSC Opera told officials the ship experienced a loss of controls and that he had 'activated all procedures' to stop it before it crashed on Venice's Giudecca Canal.
Four bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of a boat that capsized in Budapest's Danube River with a group of tourists on board.
The Mermaid boat sank in seconds on 29 May after a large cruise liner struck it from behind under a bridge in the Hungarian capital during heavy rain.
A total of 26 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew members died in what was the worst disaster on the river in half a century.
The bodies of all but four of the victims have now been recovered.
One of the bodies was spotted as the captain's cabin came to the surface, a spokesman for Hungary's special forces said.
Hungary: Death toll rises to 15 in Danube tour boat crash
Hungarian police say two more bodies have been recovered from the Danube River tour boat crash, raising the death toll to 15, with 13 of the 33 South Koreans on board and the two Hungarian crew members still missing.
Further checks will be made in parts of the boat where there could be other victims, the spokesman added.
State news agency MTI reported four victims had been found on Tuesday and recovered by divers.
Salvage crews saluted in respect as each body was removed after divers pulled straps under the sunken boat to allow a huge floating crane to lift it.
The captain of the cruise liner Viking Sigyn - a 64-year-old man identified by police as C Yuriy from Ukraine - is being held over the deadly incident.
Hungary boat collision captain involved in previous crash
Hungarian prosecutors have said the cruise boat captain arrested over a collision on the Danube was already under investigation over another accident. The official death toll from the Budapest disaster has risen to 19. Prosecutors in Budapest have said the captain arrested over a deadly collision with a sightseeing boat last week was already the subject of another accident investigation. Officials said Thursday they were informed that the Ukrainian cruise boat skipper had been aboard another vessel that was involved in an accident in the Netherlands in April. The 64-year-old man, identified by police as C.
His lawyers have said he is devastated and insist he did nothing wrong.
The captain has been questioned on suspicion of misconduct in waterborne traffic leading to mass casualties, according to police.
Swiss-based Viking Cruises Ltd, which owns the Viking Sigyn, has said it is co-operating with Hungarian investigators.
The cruise liner, which left Budapest less than 48 hours after the incident, is back in Hungary on a scheduled trip and docked at the town of Visegrad.
Police said they carried out another inspection on the ship on Monday.
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Adelaide River crocodile guide Harry Bowman says farewell after 30 years.
Harry Bowman has been the face of the Top End's crocodile cruises for more than 30 years, but the time has come for him to say farewell to his toothless old mate — Brutus the giant saltwater croc. A legend of the Adelaide River, Mr Bowman reckons he would not be in business at all without his world-famous, five-metre mate. Now nearing his 70s and looking forward to retirement, Mr Bowman started his tourism career trekking through the uncharted paths of Kakadu National Park and can look back at an "incredibly fulfilling career".