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A rescue team continues its search for bodies Monday on the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary. A tour boat and a river cruise ship collided there last week, killing several people and leaving others missing. (Marko Djurica/Reuters)

Death toll hits 9 in Budapest tour boat crash, as divers recover more bodies

PortandTerminal.com, June 3, 2019

The death toll in last week’s tour boat crash on Budapest’s Danube River has risen to nine after divers on Monday pulled two more bodies from the waterway where the vessel sank, Hungarian officials said.

The agency leading the salvage operations said Hungarian divers found the eighth body in the water Monday morning during an inspection of the wreck. Korean divers who were also assisting in the search brought the body to the surface in the afternoon.

Police said a ninth body, belonging to a male, was found Monday night downstream at the village of Harta, which is 110 kilometres south of Budapest by road. The victim’s nationality was not revealed.

Local media had reported that several bodies were spotted in the river over the weekend.

Many of the bodies are believed to still be trapped inside the wreck, which divers have had difficulty reaching since the accident because of high flood waters and strong currents. South Korea sent its own recovery team which joined the operation on Monday.

Janos Hajdu, director-general of Hungary’s Counter-Terrorism Centre who leads the recovery operation, described it as “very dangerous” with “zero visibility” since the Danube’s water levels were higher than they had been at the time of the accident.

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