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Ship Collision – Hableány Wreck May Hold More Victims, Says TEK

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.06.12.

The salvaged wreck of the Hableány pleasure boat may still hold more victims, the head of Hungary’s counter-terrorism force TEK, which handled the salvage operation, told a press conference on Wednesday.

The Hableány will be searched for the remaining bodies by the police, János Hajdu said. He said the wreck had a thick layer of river mud inside it which could still hold more bodies.

However, if no more victims are found, it is likely they fell out of the boat at the time of the collision, Hajdu said, adding that the interior ministry has doubled its search efforts along the Danube.

The Hableány was lifted from the Danube on Tuesday afternoon. During the salvage operation, the bodies of four victims were found. Four further victims are still missing. The wreck was taken to the Csepel port in the south of the city to undergo further examination.

Body of child victim identified

Meanwhile, the body of the fourth victim recovered during the salvage operation, that of a South Korean girl who was the only child on board at the time of the collision, has been identified, Budapest police said on Wednesday afternoon.

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The bodies of the other three victims were identified earlier on Wednesday. Two of them were identified as South Korean women and the third as a Hungarian man, the boat’s captain, police said.

A search is under way along the entire river section downstream from the city to recover the bodies of the four South Korean passengers still missing.

featured image via MTI/ Péter Lakatos