June 11, 2019 / 5:00 AM / in 16 days

Salvage crews start operation to lift Hungarian boat sunk in Danube

BUDAPEST, June 11 (Reuters) - Salvage crews started an operation Tuesday to raise the wreck of a Hungarian boat that capsized on the Danube river in Budapest, killing 26 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew, Reuters TV reported from the scene.

The Mermaid sank after a large Swiss-owned cruise liner struck it from behind on May 29 as both vessels passed under a 19th century bridge in the Hungarian capital during heavy rain.

It was the worst disaster in half a century on Europe’s longest river. The bodies of all but eight of the victims have been recovered. (Reporting by Krisztina Than and Krisztina Fenyo, Editing by)

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