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Ship captain in deadly Danube crash put under arrest again

Posted at 9:32 AM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 12:32:31-04

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The cruise ship captain suspected of responsibility in a deadly collision on the Danube River in Hungary is under arrest again.

A Budapest court on Wednesday ordered his arrest until Aug. 31.

The 64-year-old Ukrainian captain had been released on bail on June 13, but prosecutors have requested his re-arrest because of the risk that he could flee or impede the investigation.

Twenty-six South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew members died when their sightseeing boat crashed with the cruise ship and sank May 29 in Budapest. Only seven tourists survived and the remains of a South Korean woman are still missing.

Prosecutors were able to refile their arrest request after the Kuria, Hungary’s supreme court, ruled Monday that decisions by lower courts granting bail to the captain were unlawful.