BUDAPEST, Hungary—Hungarian police say the body of another South Korean tourist has been recovered following the May 29 accident in which a sightseeing boat sank in seconds after colliding with a cruise ship on the Danube River, raising the confirmed death toll to 20.
Police said Sunday that they are still searching for seven other South Koreans and the sunken tour boat’s captain.
Police said the body of the South Korean woman was found at the town of Szazhalombatta, about 18 miles downstream from the scene of the collision in Budapest, near the Hungarian Parliament building.
Only seven people, all South Koreans, were rescued.
A huge floating crane is in place at Margit Bridge as preparations continue to lift the boat off the river floor.
Over 200 Questioned Over Boat Collision
Hungarian police say they have questioned 230 people and 66 witnesses over the deadly Danube Riverboat collision.
They also said Saturday that the captain of the cruise ship that collided with the sightseeing boat carrying the tourists did not reveal details of the incident during questioning.
The tour boat sank within seconds after the collision in downtown Budapest.
The Danube’s high water levels have hindered recovery efforts.
“Once the ropes are in place, the lifting tasks take a couple of hours,” Gyenyei said. “The question is how the (sunken) boat will behave as it starts to tear away from the river floor.”
“If the boat’s hull doesn’t break, the ropes will bear it for sure,” the captain said, adding that the plan was to put the Hableany on a barge in the river once raised out of the water. “We will try to lift it in ways that reduce the chance of the boat breaking.”
Song Shun-keun, military attache at the South Korean Embassy, said divers had started the process of tying wires on the sunken boat so that it could be raised by the crane.
Song also said that South Korea, whose divers and rescue personnel were cooperating with their Hungarian counterparts, was sending more equipment to Hungary, including underwater drones, to help with search and recovery efforts.