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Crane put in place to raise Danube wreck where 28 died

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor June 8, 2019 13:31

Crane put in place to raise Danube wreck where 28 died

Crews moved a giant floating crane into place near a bridge on the Danube River in Budapest to raise the wreck of a pleasure boat that capsized and sank last week killing 26 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew.Bodies of all but nine of the victims have been recovered in an intensive search up and down the Danube, after the worst disaster in more than 50 years on Europe’s longest river.The salvage operation has been held up by flood waters and strong currents. It could yet take days before divers can finish welding hooks and inserting cables under the sunken boat to allow the crane to lift the wreck.The Mermaid, carrying 33 South Korean tourists and two crew, sank after a large cruise liner struck it from behind as both vessels passed under the 19th-century landmark Margaret Bridge in the centre of Budapest. The captain of the cruise liner has been arrested and denies wrongdoing.Seven Koreans were saved and 19 bodies have been recovered so far. Among those still missing and presumed dead are the Hungarian captain and a Korean child.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor June 8, 2019 13:31

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