Hungary Tourist Boat Accident
At least two bodies have been improved from the crash of a tourist boat that sank on the Danube in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, last month.
Divers arrived the boat as a floating crane slowly raised it to the surface.
The Mermaid was carrying South Korean tourists when it was in crash with a cruise ship and capsized, leaving 20 people dead and eight others lost.
Recovery hard working by Hungarian and South Korean teams has been hampered by high water levels in the Danube.
Footage from the scene on Tuesday morning presented the cabin and upper deck of the boat emerge from the water and divers then carry out a search for victims still trapped inside. At least two bodies were seen to be removed.
The operation is estimated to take several hours. It is not known how strong the hull of the 70-year-old boat is following the crash, salvage specialists say.
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Seven of the 35 people on board were saved and seven bodies quickly well again but others were swept away in the swollen river or trapped inside the boat.
Several bodies were in good health in the following days, with one pulled from the Danube more than 100km (60 miles) downstream. Nineteen South Korean tourists and a Hungarian crewman are known to have died. Those misplaced include the Mermaid’s Hungarian captain.
Once boat fully out of the water, the wreck of the Mermaid will be taken to a secure location and inspected by police, who have launched a criminal inquiry.
The Viking Sign’s captain, named as 64-year-old Ukrainian national Yuriy C, has been arrested on suspicion of reckless misconduct in waterborne traffic leading to mass casualties.