Raising of sunken Danube tour boat under way in Hungary:The Asahi Shimbun

Raising of sunken Danube tour boat under way in Hungary:The Asahi Shimbun

"Now we will make further checks ... in the parts of the boat where there could be further victims", Nandor Jasenszky- spokesman for Hungary's special forces said.

Nineteen South Koreans and a Hungarian crewman have been confirmed dead.

As giant floating crane stands in its lifting position, as mourners bring flowers and candles at the bank of Danube river on Monday in Budapest.

"The current was so fast and people were floating away", one survivor, identified only by her surname Jung, told South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

On Thursday, Hungarian prosecutors said the captain of the Viking Sigyn was already under investigation over a separate accident in the Netherlands in April involving another Viking ship, the Idun.

The tourist boat the Mermaid is raised from the Danube river on June 11, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.

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Crews have been working for weeks to salvage the Hableany sightseeing boat, which collided with another vessel and capsized in Budapest May 29. Only seven people of the 35 are known to have survived the accident with others missing. Once Hableany is raised from the floor of the river, a joint inspection team of Hungarian and Korean officials plan to search for any bodies that may be inside the vessel.

Preparations for taking the boat from the river are expected to be finished by the end of the day, while the actual operation may begin in the evening.

The search for the missing victims will continue along the Hungarian section of the Danube River south of Budapest.

The captain of the second boat involved in the collision, cruise liner Viking Sigyn, is being held on suspicion of misconduct in waterborne traffic leading to mass casualties.

It left Budapest less than 48 hours after the collision and has since returned to Hungary on a scheduled trip in Visegrad, north of Budapest, according to police.

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