sunny.png
Saturday January 25th, 2020 6:00PM

The Latest: Bodies recovered as Danube tour boat is lifted

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Latest on the fatal Danube River boating accident in Hungary's capital (all times local):

8 a.m.

The bodies of four victims appear to have been recovered from the sunken Danube River tour boat being brought to the surface in Hungary's capital.

Rescue personnel could be seen early Tuesday on a barge next to the partially raised boat, carrying stretchers, each with a body bag on them. Divers, meanwhile, were continuing to search the hull of the boat in the early stages of the lifting procedure.

A huge floating crane is being used at Budapest's Margit Bridge, where the boat sank May 29 after colliding with a much larger river cruise ship.

Nineteen South Korean tourists and a Hungarian crewman are confirmed to have died, with eight people still listed as missing. Only seven of the 35 people on board — 33 South Koreans and two Hungarian crew members — were rescued.

___

7:30 a.m.

The raising of the sunken Danube River tour boat is underway in Hungary, with parts of the boat already visible on the river's surface.

A huge floating crane, barges and rescue personnel could be seen working early Tuesday at Budapest's Margit Bridge, where the Hableany (Mermaid) sightseeing boat sank May 29 after colliding with much larger a river cruise ship.

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

The lift is planned in several stages, depending, for example, on the condition of the hull as the boat is raised off the river floor and also on whether any bodies are found in the wreckage.

___

6:50 a.m.

Hungarian and South Korean rescuers started efforts Tuesday to raise a sunken tour boat out of the Danube River after a fatal collision.

A huge floating crane, barges and rescue personnel could be seen early morning at Budapest's Margit Bridge, where a sightseeing boat sank May 29 after colliding with a much larger river cruise ship.

Nineteen South Koreans and a Hungarian crewman have been confirmed dead, with eight people missing. Seven people were rescued after the nighttime collision amid heavy rain.

Rescue officials said Sunday that preparations for the lift, including divers installing four wire harnesses under the Hableany (Mermaid), were nearly complete, with some technical and security details pending.

The lift is planned in several stages, depending, for example, on the condition of the tour boat's hull as it is raised off the river floor and also on whether any bodies are found in the wreckage.

Efforts to search for the missing victims of the accident and to raise the Hableany have been hindered by the Danube's high springtime water levels — which were expected to fall significantly over the coming days in Budapest — and the river's fast flow, as well as near-zero visibility under water.

The captain of the other ship in the collision, the Viking Sigyn, has been under arrest since June 1.

Police on Sunday carried out another inspection of the Viking Sigyn, which left Budapest less than 48 hours after the collision with the Hableany but was back in Hungary on a scheduled trip and docked at the town of Visegrad, north of Budapest.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP World News
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest: Bodies recovered as Danube tour boat is lifted
The bodies of four victims appear to have been recovered from the sunken Danube River tour boat in Hungary
2:24AM ( 11 minutes ago )
David Ortiz back in Boston after being shot in Dominican bar
David Ortiz is back in Boston for medical care, a day after authorities say the former Red Sox slugger affectionately known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic
2:04AM ( 31 minutes ago )
Raising of sunken Danube tour boat underway in Hungary
The raising of the sunken Danube River tour boat is underway in Hungary, with parts of the boat already visible on the river's surface
1:45AM ( 51 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Efforts to raise sunken Danube tour boat starting in Hungary
Hungarian rescuers are starting efforts to raise a sunken tour boat out of the Danube River after a fatal collision
12:51AM ( 1 hour ago )
Bill that set off big protest to go to Hong Kong legislature
Hong Kong's leader says extradition bill that was targeted in huge weekend protest will proceed to the territory's legislature
12:43AM ( 1 hour ago )
Hong Kong chief says extradition law will go to legislature
Hong Kong's leader says a highly controversial extradition law will proceed to the territory's legislature
11:10PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP World News
David Ortiz back in Boston after being shot in Dominican bar
David Ortiz is back in Boston for medical care, a day after authorities say the former Red Sox slugger affectionately known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic
2:04AM ( 31 minutes ago )
Raising of sunken Danube tour boat underway in Hungary
The raising of the sunken Danube River tour boat is underway in Hungary, with parts of the boat already visible on the river's surface
1:45AM ( 51 minutes ago )
The Latest: Lawmaker: NYC needs more limits on helicopters
A New York congresswoman is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to ban "non-essential" helicopter flights over Manhattan following a crash in the city
1:37AM ( 58 minutes ago )
Feisty Virginia primaries closely watched for national trend
Virginia's highly charged legislative primary elections are being closely watched as a possible political barometer for 2020 presidential election year
1:16AM ( 1 hour ago )
Durant returns from injury _ then hurts his Achilles
Durant starts Game 5 for Golden State _ then leaves with Achilles injury
1:10AM ( 1 hour ago )