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WorldBudapest tourist boat lifted out of Danube, with four bodies recovered

13:41  12 june  2019
13:41  12 june  2019 Source:   cnn.com

South Korean divers begin search for Hungary boat victims

South Korean divers begin search for Hungary boat victims A team of South Korean divers tried Monday to reach a sunken sightseeing vessel in Budapest after its collision last week with a river cruise ship that killed seven tourists and left 21 people missing. The reconnaissance dive was the first by a 27-man team sent by Seoul to help international divers and experts assessing ways of hoisting the submerged boat or searching for bodies presumed to be stuck inside. The Mermaid boat carrying mainly South Korean tourists overturned and sank late Wednesday, seconds after colliding with the Viking Sigyn cruise ship on a busy stretch of the river in the heart of the Hungarian capital.

Disaster left 28 dead after tourist boat was hit by cruise liner on River Danube . Salvage crews recovered four bodies on Tuesday as they slowly lifted the wreck of a boat two weeks after it capsized on the Danube River in Budapest with a group of South Korean tourists on board, officials

Salvage crews recovered four bodies on Tuesday as they slowly lifted the wreck of a boat two weeks after it capsized on the Danube River in Budapest with a group of South Korean tourists on board, officials said. The Mermaid boat sank in seconds on May 29 after a large cruise liner hit it from behind

Budapest tourist boat lifted out of Danube, with four bodies recovered© Laszlo Balogh/Getty Images The wreck was raised from the Danube River on June 11.

Four bodies have been recovered from the sightseeing tourist boat which collided with a larger vessel and sank in Budapest two weeks ago, as it was finally lifted out of the River Danube on Tuesday.

The wreck will now be taken to an island in the river for further investigation by city authorities, a media officer for Hungary's Counter Terrorism Center (TEK) said.

Thirty-five people -- including 33 South Koreans -- were on board the boat in the Hungarian capital when it collided with another ship on May 29. The retrieval of the four bodies Tuesday takes the death toll until at least 24. Four passengers remain missing, the TEK media officer said.

Hungary: Body recovered from site of sunken Danube tour boat

Hungary: Body recovered from site of sunken Danube tour boat Hungarian officials say divers have recovered a body found near the sunken tour boat which was carrying South Korean tourists on the Danube River.

BUDAPEST , Hungary — BUDAPEST , Hungary (AP) — Rescue crews raised a sunken tour boat out of the Danube River on Tuesday, shortly after four more bodies were recovered from the vessel involved in a collision with a river cruise ship nearly two weeks ago. A huge floating crane placed the

Four more bodies have been recovered after salvage crews raised the wreck of a tourist boat that sank on the Danube in Budapest last month. Image caption Hoists lifted the boat and then water was pumped out from the hull. More bodies were recovered in the following days, with one pulled

The collision occurred in the city center and according to Hungarian police, the sightseeing vessel -- called The Mermaid -- flipped and sank in just seven seconds.

Seven passengers were rescued from the river and taken to hospital following the accident, and a further seven people were confirmed dead that night.

In the following days, three bodies were recovered from the site and 10 more were located downstream -- some found as far as 97 kilometers (60 miles) south of Budapest due to the river's strong currents.

At 1,770 miles long, the Danube River passes through a total of 10 countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. Its depths vary from three to 26 feet.

The captain of the cruise liner which collided with the tourist vessel, a 64-year-old Ukrainian citizen named only as C. Yuriy, was detained and arrested by Hungarian authorities on suspicion of endangering waterborne traffic.

Hungary: Huge floating crane approaching Danube sunken boat

Hungary: Huge floating crane approaching Danube sunken boat Hungary's state media say a huge floating crane that could lift a sunken sightseeing boat out of the Danube River is on its way to the accident site in Budapest. Meanwhile, the confirmed death toll from last week's accident rose to 12, as police said Wednesday that a male body recovered far downstream was of one of the 33 South Korean tourists aboard the Hableany (Mermaid), when it collided with a river cruise ship, capsizing and sinking in about seven seconds. Seven people were rescued and 16, including the two Hungarian crew members, remain missing.

Four bodies have been recovered from a tour boat which sank in the Danube River last month after the wreckage was brought to the surface. A crane lifts the sightseeing boat out of the Danube river in Budapest , Hungary (AP). Nineteen South Korean tourists and a Hungarian crewman are

Four bodies were recovered from the wreckage of a tour boat that sank in the Danube River as it was lifted out of the water in the Hungarian capital today. A huge floating crane, barges and rescue personnel were working early in the morning at Budapest 's Margit Bridge, where the Hableany

According to a statement on Saturday from Budapest Metropolitan Police, Yuriy "has not given any explanatory statement about the circumstances of the accident during his continuing interrogations."

'No signs that something like this could happen'

Lee Sang-moo, the managing director of Very Good Tour -- the South Korean tour company that arranged the river cruise -- said last month that the group was on day five of a nine-day tour of Croatia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria and Germany.

Most of the tourists were middle-aged, Lee added, with the oldest in their 70s and the youngest born in 2013.

"I deeply apologize to the parties affected by the accident, families of victims and the people who are suffering after hearing the news this morning," Lee said. "I understand that the boat took every precaution."

Mihaly Toth, a spokesman for boating company Panorama Deck, which operated the capsized boat, said the company could not confirm why it sank.

"It was just an average day and this was a regular trip. We carry out thousands of tourist boat trips every day, there were no signs that something like this could happen," Toth said.

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Before Fatal Boat Crash in Budapest, Safety Warnings Went Unheeded.
Long before Hungary’s worst boating accident in at least six decades, Hungarian officials had been warned that traffic on the Danube had soared to dangerous levels around Budapest, but the government did not curb the number of vessels plying the river. On the night of May 29, in a driving rain, an international cruise ship, the Viking Sigyn struck and sank a smaller sightseeing boat, the Mermaid, killing 28 people.

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