A twist in the case of the sinking of the Mermaid on the Danube

18 4. 2023, 23: 07

— Budapest

The investigation into the tragic accident on the Danube on May 29, 2019, in which 28 people died, has taken a new direction. Lawyers for Viking River Cruises now claim that the crew of the sightseeing vessel Mermaid, which went down immediately after hitting the much larger hotel ship Viking Sigyn, was also at fault.

Photo: Reuters

Mermaid sank May 29, 2019


According to the Hungarian daily Blikk the company’s lawyers have a video at their disposal, which is supposed to confirm that just before the accident, a rope got caught on the rudder of the Mermaid. This, they say, caused the smaller ship to become unmanageable and enter Viking Sigyn’s path.

It is said that this possibility was also admitted by the English judicial experts whom Viking River Cruises approached.

If the video turns out to be authentic, it means that the tragedy is not responsible only the captain of the hotel ship, but also the captain of the Mermaid. The Ukrainian captain of the Viking Sigyn, Yury C., was accused in the case of negligence and failure to render assistance.

There were 33 Korean tourists and two crew members on board the Mermaid at the time of the accident. The guard of both vessels happened in the evening in heavy rain near the Markétina Bridge in Budapest. Only seven Korean tourists survived.

South Korea offers 62,000 crowns for the discovery of the body of the last victim of the boat tragedy on the Danube



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