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Bodies recovered as sunken Danube boat is raised in Hungary

Bodies recovered as sunken Danube boat is raised in Hungary”

Hungarian police have recovered more bodies as they lifted a sightseeing boat that sank in the river Danube in Budapest last month in an accident that has claimed at least 24 lives.

The lifting operation began at around 6am and six hours later the Mermaid tourist boat was nearly entirely out of the water.

Its collision with another boat - almost two weeks ago on Wednesday, May 29 - left 28 people dead or missing.

Seven of the 35 people on board were rescued and seven bodies quickly recovered but others were swept away in the swollen river or trapped inside the boat. Seven people were rescued after the nigh-time collision in heavy rain.

The operation is expected to take several hours.

A police spokesperson told AFP that the operation could take six hours, and will be phased to allow divers to search the vessel for any victims still inside.

Meanwhile the bodies of four Korean victims along with two survivors arrived back in Korea on Monday.

Search operations to find the missing will also continue after the ship is salvaged, Song Shun-keun, a defense attache at the South Korean Embassy in Budapest, said.

Criticism arose as it turned out part of the cruise boat has been repainted in an apparent attempt to hide and destroy traces of the collision.

Viking Sigyn's captain, named as 64-year-old Ukrainian national Yuriy C, has been detained on suspicion of reckless misconduct in waterborne traffic leading to mass casualties.

After the incident, the boat had travelled on to Germany before returning to Hungary according to its schedule.

A crane lifts the boat out of the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary.

Nineteen South Koreans and a Hungarian crewman have been confirmed dead, with eight people missing.

A large floating crane, barges and rescue personnel were working early on Tuesday morning at Margaret Bridge, where the Mermaid sightseeing boat sank on 29 May after colliding with a river cruise ship.



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