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FOUR MORE VICTIMS OF DANUBE COLLISION IDENTIFIED

 

The bodies of the four victims recovered during the salvage operation of the Hableány pleasure boat have been identified, Budapest police said on its website. Two of those recovered have been identified as South Korean women and one as a Hungarian man, the boat’s captain, police.hu said. The fourth body was later identified as that of a South Korean girl, who was the only child on board at the time of the collision.

The Hableány collided with a cruise ship and sank into the River Danube near Margit Bridge on May 29. It had 33 South Korean tourists on board and a crew of two Hungarians. Seven tourists were rescued from the water after the collision. A search is under way along the entire river section downstream from the city to recover the bodies of the four South Korean passengers still missing. The wreck was lifted from the Danube on Tuesday afternoon. Placed on a barge, it was taken to the Csepel port in the south of the city to undergo further examination.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian captain of the cruise ship which collided with the Hableány can be released on bail under a binding ruling handed down by a Municipal Court on Wednesday. The ruling has set the bail at 15 million forints (EUR 46,000), obliging the 64-year-old captain of the Viking Sigyn cruise ship to remain in Budapest and appear in person before the authorities investigating the collision twice a week. The captain was taken into custody on June 1 on suspicion of criminal misconduct.