Cruise ship captain in Hungarian boat accident back in custody

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-31 03:27:59|Editor: yan
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BUDAPEST, July 30 (Xinhua) -- The captain of the cruise ship Viking, which collided with the tourist boat Mermaid carrying South Korean passengers in central Budapest on May 29, is back in custody, under suspicion of failure to provide assistance after the collision.

"Investigators of the Budapest Police Headquarters questioned the Ukrainian captain of a hotel ship as a suspect for failure to provide assistance," the Hungarian Police announced in a statement Tuesday.

The Budapest Police Headquarters is conducting an investigation into the endangering water transport leading to a deadly accident on the Danube on May 29, in which investigators questioned the Ukrainian captain of the hotel ship as a suspect, according to the Police.

The captain was out on bail before being taken into custody on Monday.

Of the 35 people onboard the Mermaid, only seven survived. Twenty-eight people, including 26 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew members, died after the sightseeing boat capsized and sank seconds after colliding with the Swiss Viking Sigyn cruise ship. One passenger is still registered as missing.

Hungarian media reported that the South Korean rescue teams present in Hungary were going to travel back on Tuesday, and that Hungarian authorities promised to continue the search for the last remaining body until Aug. 19.