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Ship Collision – Captain of Close-by Ship Placed under Criminal Supervision

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.01.30.

A Budapest court ordered placing under criminal supervision the captain of a third ship in connection with a cruise ship collision in Budapest last May, the Budapest chief prosecutor’s office said on Thursday.

In the accident on May 29, the Viking Sigyn cruise ship collided with the Hableány sightseeing boat with 33 South Korean tourists on board and a crew of two Hungarians. Seven tourists were rescued from the water after the collision and the rest died. The body of one of the accident’s 28 victims has still not been recovered.

Legal proceedings have been launched against the Viking Sigyn’s Ukrainian captain who was released from custody and placed back in house arrest earlier this month.

On Thursday, the chief prosecutor said in a statement that placing the captain of another cruise ship, the Viking Idun which had been following the Viking Sigyn behind, was initiated by a Budapest district prosecutor. The captain, also an Ukrainian national, was questioned by Budapest police as a suspect charged with failure to provide help. The man reported voluntarily to the hearing after which he was taken into custody.

Ship Collision: Viking Sigyn Captain Back in House Arrest

The Budapest court ordered in a biding ruling placing the Viking Idun’s captain under criminal supervision, requiring him to report to the police every month.

featured image: police search for missing victims of the tragedy; via MTI/Szigetváry Zsolt