Danube River Cruise Disaster: Divers Recover Body from Sunken Boat as Salvage Begins

A search operation continues near the Margaret bridge on the Danube river after a boat carrying South Korean tourists capsized in Budapest

Danube River Cruise Disaster: Divers Recover Body from Sunken Boat as Salvage Begins

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By Krisztina Than and also Hyonhee Shin BUDAPEST, June 5 (Reuters)– Divers located a body in the wreck of an enjoyment watercraft on Wednesday a week after the vessel tipped over and also sank on the River Danube in Budapest, authorities claimed, as staffs gotten ready for salvage procedures.

An approximated 28 individuals passed away when the Mermaid watercraft, lugging 33 South Korean travelers and also 2 Hungarian team, dropped on Wednesday recently after hitting a cruise ship lining.

Divers located one body in the wreck on Wednesday early morning, authorities claimed, hrs after authorities located the remains of among the Korean travelers 60km (37 miles) downstream– underscoring the range of the recuperation procedure.

South Korean and also Hungarian staffs would certainly begin attempting to safeguard the vessel to avoid the loss of bodies and also get ready for a feasible salvage, South Korean protection attache Song Shun- keun informed reporters in Budapest.

It was still as well hazardous for scuba divers to go into the accident and also exposure undersea was inadequate, he included.

“Depending on that process, we will decide on whether we can start salvaging the ship with the crane tomorrow or on Friday,” he included.

Seven Koreans made it through the catastrophe, 13 individuals have actually currently been located dead and also an additional 15 individuals are still missing out on.

Six of the survivors spoke on Tuesday to authorities and also district attorneys invesitgating the root cause of the accident, South Koreas’s Deputy international priest for consular events, Lee Sang- jin, informed the very same rundown. He did not offer additional information.

South Korea has actually asked Hungary to guarantee that the captain of the cruise ship lining, a 64-year-old Ukrainian under apprehension pending bond, is not launched. His attorneys claimed the captain was ruined by what occurred however had actually not done anything incorrect.

A joint group of scuba divers have actually been checking out the accident in challenging problems.

The Danube has actually been swamping, though waters declined today as the climate boosted, authorities claimed. (Reporting by Krisztina Than Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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