articleimg-1
Jun 14, 2019

Ukrainian captain charged in river cruise tragedy bailed and must remain in Budapest

The captain is being investigated for reckless endangerment of river traffic and causing a mass accident.

The Ukrainian captain of the Viking Sygin river cruiser, charged with causing the accident that killed more than two dozen people on May 29th in Budapest, has been released on bail and must stay remain in Budapest while investigations are ongoing.

The Viking Sygin of Viking River Cruises rammed the Hableány (Mermaid) sightseeing boat in the evening hours and the small vessel sank in seven seconds, with 33 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew.

Seven tourists were rescued that night and since then twenty-five bodies have been found and identified, with three still missing. The captain, only identified as Yuri C. (Hungarian law does not allow publishing the full name of persons under investigation until proven guilty), must remain in Budapest, will have to wear a tracker and report to police twice a weak.

The captain is being investigated for reckless endangerment of river traffic and causing a mass accident.

Photo credit: MTI