The captain of a cruise ship concerned in a deadly crash in Budapest final week was behind an identical collision within the Netherlands in April, prosecutors stated.
The Viking Sigyn crashed right into a vacationer boat, the Mermaid, on the Danube, on 29 Could. The Mermaid then sank, killing 28.
The captain, a 64-year-old Ukrainian nationwide named as Yuriy C, was later arrested. He denies any wrongdoing.
Prosecutors stated he was the captain of a cruise ship concerned in a non-fatal crash in April within the Netherlands.
Viking Cruises operates each vessels. In an announcement late on Thursday, the cruise firm insisted that whereas Yuriy C was on board the ship concerned within the Dutch collision, the Viking Idun, he was not serving as captain on the time.
It stated the Idun was beneath the management of one other captain.
Yuriy C has additionally been accused of deleting information from his telephone following the deadly crash within the Hungarian capital. Prosecutors stated it was unclear whether or not the deleted information was associated to the incident.
What occurred within the crash within the Netherlands?
In keeping with prosecutors, Yuriy C was the captain of cruise ship that collided with a cargo vessel close to the Dutch city of Terneuzen whereas crusing between the Belgian cities of Antwerp to Ghent on 1 April.
Prosecutors stated that Eurojust – an EU legislation enforcement community – confirmed that he captained the ship that crashed within the Netherlands, however didn’t give additional particulars.
Pictures taken within the aftermath and posted on social media confirmed the Viking Idun with large areas showing to have been scraped off the aspect, whereas others confirmed the extent of the injury contained in the ship.
Nobody was killed within the Netherlands crash, however stories stated that some passengers had suffered minor accidents.
What occurred in Budapest?
The Viking Sigyn cruise ship hit the Mermaid after 21:00 native time (19:00 GMT) on 29 Could. It was the worst crash on the Danube in additional than 50 years.
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Most of these onboard the vacationer ship had been from South Korea, and had been aged between 40 and 50. However the group additionally included a six-year-old youngster and a person in his 70s, in line with South Korea’s Yonhap information company.
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Media captionThe tour boat sank seconds after a collision with one other vessel
The our bodies of seven passengers had been recovered on the evening of the catastrophe, and one other seven vacationers had been rescued alive.
Since then, a complete of 17 our bodies have been recovered. One other 11 individuals are formally lacking, presumed lifeless.
Officers stated on Thursday that all the our bodies discovered thus far have been recognized, primarily as a result of South Korea holds fingerprint information on all of its grownup residents.
Viking Cruises stated in an announcement final week that it was cooperating with the Hungarian investigation.