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Captain Detained Over Budapest Capsized Boat


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Sat, 01 Jun 2019 23:49 GMT

The captain of the ‘Viking Sigyn’ boat, which collided with the ‘Mermaid’ boat and made the latter capsize Wednesday, May 29th, on the Danube in Hungary, was charged over the accident that killed seven South Korean tourists, and has left 21 missing, reported AFP.

A Budapest court said that the Ukrainian captain of the Viking Sigyn was charged, without giving further details.

The captain was detained and questioned, after the accident that made the Mermaid overturn and sink within seconds on a busy stretch of the Danube, killing seven South Korean tourists.

The police said that the 64-year old captain was questioned for endangering waterborne traffic resulting in multiple deaths.

The court granted bail but the prosecutors appealed against it, said the captain’s lawyer, Balazs Toth.

"My client has not changed his statement made as a witness. He insists that he has not made any error," his other lawyer, Gabor Elo, told AFP.

Strong currents have delayed the search for those still missing, preventing divers from reaching the submerged boat.