Hungarian tour boat wreck raised from Danube river

World | 11 Jun 2019 2:15 pm

The wreck of a sunken tour boat was pulled from the Danube River early today (Budapest time), nearly two weeks after its deadly sinking left 26 South Koreans dead or missing, Yonhap reports.

A floating crane raised the Hableany from waters beneath the Margit bridge in downtown Budapest, TV footage showed, raising hopes for finding the bodies of seven South Korean passengers who are still unaccounted for after the May 29 sinking.

Operations to lift the ship began at around 6:30 a.m., local time (1:30 p.m. Korean time).

The sightseeing boat carrying 33 Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew members capsized and sank after colliding with a large Swiss cruise ship. The sinking left 19 Koreans dead and seven others unaccounted for. The Hungarian captain is still missing.

It was expected to take about four hours for the salvage work to be completed, from pulling the wreck out of the river and placing it safely on the barge.

Search operations to find the missing will also continue after the ship is salvaged, Song Shun-keun, a defense attache at the South Korean Embassy in Budapest, said.

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