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Hungary tourist boat accident: Unnamed Captain also involved in Dutch boat crash

PortandTerminal.com, June 6, 2019

The captain of a cruise ship involved in a fatal crash in Budapest last week was behind a similar collision in the Netherlands in April, prosecutors said

Budapest, Hungary – The Viking Sigyn crashed into a tourist boat, the Mermaid, on the Danube, on 29 May. The Mermaid then sank, killing 28.

The captain, a 64-year-old Ukrainian national named as Yuriy C, was later arrested. He denies any wrongdoing.

Prosecutors said he was the captain of a cruise ship involved in a non-fatal crash in April in the Netherlands.

Yuriy C was also accused of deleting data from his phone following the fatal crash in the Hungarian capital. Prosecutors said it was unclear whether the deleted data was related to the incident.

A child lights a candle in remembrance of the people lost in the Danube River ferry disaster

According to prosecutors, Yuriy C was the captain of a cruise ship that had collided with a cargo vessel while sailing from Antwerp to Ghent on 1 April.

Prosecutors said that Eurojust – an EU law enforcement network – confirmed that he captained the ship that crashed in the Netherlands, but did not give further details.

According to Dutch media reports at the time, the cruise ship was the Viking Idun, which was run by Viking Cruises – the same company that ran the Viking Sigyn.

Images taken in the aftermath and posted on social media showed the cruise ship with huge areas appearing to have been scraped off the side, while others showed the extent of the damage inside the ship.

No one was killed in the Netherlands crash, but reports said that some passengers had suffered minor injuries.

The investigation into the deadly incident last week in Hungary is ongoing.

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