Operation to raise Danube tourist boat begins
AkubatA Kevin|Jun. 11, 2019
Salvage crews have begun the operation to raise a tourist boat that sank on the Danube in Budapest last month.
The Mermaid was carrying South Korean tourists when it was in collision with a cruise ship and capsized, leaving 20 people dead and eight others missing.
Rescue efforts in the Hungarian capital have been hampered by high water levels, made worse by heavy rain.
Footage from the scene on Tuesday showed a floating crane slowly winching the boat to the surface.
Before the boat is fully raised, divers will enter the wreck to search for any bodies still trapped inside, officials said.
The operation will then continue slowly. Crews have struggled to assess how much damage the 70-year-old boat sustained in the collision, salvage experts said.
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