Ship Collision: Bodies Removed from Hableány Wreck
MTI-Hungary Today 2019.06.11.
The bodies of four of the victims that were trapped on the Hableány (Mermaid) pleasure boat when it capsized after colliding with a cruise ship on the River Danube in Budapest have been removed from the wreck. Salvagers began raising the vessel to the surface on Tuesday morning.
The first body was discovered on the captain’s bridge, MTI’s correspondent at the site next to Margit Bridge reported. Another body has been identified as that of the only child on board at the time of the collision, public broadcaster M1 reported.
An additional harness is being fixed to the wreck after the boat’s right side was found to be damaged, but this will not delay the salvage operation earlier estimated at six hours.
Interior Minister Sándor Pintér has arrived at the site.
The Hableány sank after a Swiss-owned cruise ship collided into it on May 29 as both vessels passed under Margit Bridge in Budapest on May 29. It had a group of 33 South Korean tourists and a crew of two Hungarians aboard.
Nándor Jasenszky of the TEK counter-terrorism police, which is responsible for overseeing the operation, told M1 earlier that the critical point of the operation would be raising the hull from the bottom of the river bed.
The salvage is taking place in several stages, during which the state of the ship is being assessed at several points.