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At least seven people are dead and more than 20 people are missing after a sightseeing boat collided with a larger ship and sank in Budapest. (May 30) AP
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Budapest court says that the Ukrainian cruise ship captain suspected of responsibility in a deadly May 29 collision with a sightseeing boat on the Danube River has been released on bail.
The Capital City Court said Thursday that the captain, identified earlier only as Yuriy C., isn’t allowed to leave Budapest, must wear an electronic tracking device and meet with investigators twice a week.
The Ukrainian captain had been formally arrested in Budapest on June 7, suspected of endangering water transport leading to a deadly mass accident.
Prosecutors said the captain erased data from his mobile phone after the Budapest collision, though they could not confirm that the missing information was related to their investigation.
The captain’s Viking Sigyn collided with the Hableany (Mermaid) on May 29. The Hableany was raised out of the Danube by crane on Tuesday and taken away on a barge for inspection by police investigating the crash.
Police, meanwhile, said the body of another South Korean tourist had been recovered in the Danube River, raising the death toll to 25. Three South Koreans remain missing and seven were rescued.
Budapest tour-boat crash: 4 more bodies recovered from Danube
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