Four bodies were recovered on Tuesday as salvage crew slowly lifted the wreck of a boat which capsized on the Danuba River in Budapest two weeks ago.
State news agency MTI reported that a total of four victims had been found on Tuesday and recovered by divers. Salvage crews saluted in respect as each body was removed.
Aboard the boat were tourists from South Korea and crew members of the boat.
The boat went underwater in seconds after a large cruise liner hit the boat from behind under a bridge in the Budapest.
Twenty-six of the tourists and the two Hungarian crew died in the worst disaster on the river in half a century. The bodies of all but four of the victims have now been recovered.
One of the bodies was spotted as the captain’s cabin came to the surface, said the spokesman for Hungary’s special forces, who are coordinating the recovery operation.
“Now we will make further checks … in the parts of the boat where there could be further victims,” Nandor Jasenszky said.
Divers had pulled straps under the sunken wreck to allow a huge floating crane to start lifting it. Each level of the boat would be searched as it surfaced and the vessel would then be hoisted onto a barge, Jasenszky added.
The police have in their custody captain of the cruise liner Viking Sigyn – a 64-year-old man identified by police as C. Yuriy from Odessa, Ukraine – as a suspect. His lawyers said he is devastated but did nothing wrong.
The captain was held under suspicion of misconduct in waterborne traffic leading to mass casualties, police have said.
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Swiss-based Viking Cruises Ltd, which owns the Viking Sigyn, has said it is cooperating with Hungarian investigators.