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Hungarian police detain Ukrainian who navigated sunken boat Viking

Source : 112 Ukraine

There were 35 people in the passenger ship; seven of them were rescued, seven deceased; another 21 people are missing
13:39, 31 May 2019

Viking boat sank in Danube River
Hungarian police

A 64-year-old citizen of Ukraine from Odesa who was a captain of the ship that sank in Danube River, was detained by Hungarian authorities over suspicion in negligence, which caused the deaths of people. This was reported on the website of the National Police of Hungary.

"The Mermaid boat with the tourists sunk in the evening on May 29 as a result of a collision with another motor cruiser. The catastrophe occurred near Margaret Bridge, near the Hungarian Parliament building," the report said.

According to the passenger list available to the authorities, 35 persons travelled on the sunken boat, 2 Hungarian citizens (being the crew of the boat) and 33 South Korean citizens. Following the accident, 7 persons were rescued from the river and 7 persons were found dead by the rescue forces, all being citizens of the Republic of Korea.

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To investigate circumstances of the accident, a maritime specialist was called to the headquarters of the Budapest police. The investigators conducted a check, having collected the evidence. A 64-year-old resident of Odesa named Yuriy was arrested and questioned.

The investigators continue searching for 21 people in the Danube River and its banks.

As it was reported earlier, a helicopter crew died in the crash in Rivne region on May 29. Flights have been banned in Rivne region, northern Ukraine; the reason is the tragedy that occurred there earlier on late May 29. 

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