The captain of a river cruise ship that collided with a smaller sightseeing vessel was charged Saturday over the accident in Budapest that killed seven South Korean tourists and left 21 missing.
A Budapest court official said the Ukrainian captain of the Viking Sigyn had been charged, but gave no further details.
The 64-year-old was detained Thursday for questioning a day after his vessel collided with the smaller Mermaid, carrying mainly South Korean tourists, causing it to overturn and sink on a busy stretch of the Danube.
He was questioned for ‘endangering waterborne traffic resulting in multiple deaths’, police said at the time.
The captain's lawyer, Balazs Toth, said the court had granted bail, but prosecutors were appealing it so his client remained detained.
‘My client has not changed his statement made as a witness. He insists that he has not made any error,’ his other lawyer, Gabor Elo, told reporters after the hearing.
Strong currents have hampered the search for those missing -- 19 South Koreans, the second boat's Hungarian captain and one crew member, preventing divers from reaching the submerged boat.
The collision happened on a popular part of the river, from where sightseers can view the city and parliament, which is lit up at night.
Larger river cruise boats travelling on the Danube between Germany and the Black Sea typically spend several days moored in the capital.
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