Captain of cruise ship in Hungary crash released on bail

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  • A crane places the wreckage of the sightseeing boat on a transporting barge at Margaret Bridge, the scene of the fatal boat accident in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The Hableany sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian staff was crashed by a large river cruise ship and sank in the River Danube on May 29. Seven tourists survived, twenty people died, eight persons are still missing. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)

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    A crane places the wreckage of the sightseeing boat on a transporting barge at Margaret Bridge, the scene of the fatal boat accident in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The Hableany sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian staff was crashed by a large river cruise ship and sank in the River Danube on May 29. Seven tourists survived, twenty people died, eight persons are still missing. (Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP)

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    People stand next to the wreckage of the sightseeing boat on a transporting barge at Margaret Bridge, the scene of the fatal boat accident in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The Hableany sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian staff was crashed by a large river cruise ship and sank in the River Danube on May 29. Seven tourists survived, twenty people died, eight persons are still missing. (Peter Lakatos/MTI via AP)

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    A crane lifts the sightseeing boat out of the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Eight people are still missing from the May 29 collision between the Hableany (Mermaid) sightseeing boat and the Viking Sigyn river cruise ship at Budapest's Margit Bridge. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

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    Rescue team members salute next to a recently found victim during the recovery operation at Margaret Bridge, the scene of the fatal boat accident in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The Hableany sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian staff was crashed by a large river cruise ship and sank in the River Danube on May 29. Seven tourists survived, twenty people died, eight persons are still missing. (Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP)

  • A crane places the wreckage of the sightseeing boat on a transporting barge at Margaret Bridge, the scene of the fatal boat accident in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The Hableany sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian staff was crashed by a large river cruise ship and sank in the River Danube on May 29. Seven tourists survived, twenty people died, eight persons are still missing. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)

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    A crane places the wreckage of the sightseeing boat on a transporting barge at Margaret Bridge, the scene of the fatal boat accident in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The Hableany sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian staff was crashed by a large river cruise ship and sank in the River Danube on May 29. Seven tourists survived, twenty people died, eight persons are still missing. (Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP)

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    People stand next to the wreckage of the sightseeing boat on a transporting barge at Margaret Bridge, the scene of the fatal boat accident in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The Hableany sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian staff was crashed by a large river cruise ship and sank in the River Danube on May 29. Seven tourists survived, twenty people died, eight persons are still missing. (Peter Lakatos/MTI via AP)

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    A crane lifts the sightseeing boat out of the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Eight people are still missing from the May 29 collision between the Hableany (Mermaid) sightseeing boat and the Viking Sigyn river cruise ship at Budapest's Margit Bridge. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

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    Rescue team members salute next to a recently found victim during the recovery operation at Margaret Bridge, the scene of the fatal boat accident in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The Hableany sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian staff was crashed by a large river cruise ship and sank in the River Danube on May 29. Seven tourists survived, twenty people died, eight persons are still missing. (Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP)

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) The Ukrainian cruise ship captain suspected of responsibility in a deadly collision with a sightseeing boat on the Danube River has been released on bail, a Budapest court said Thursday.

The Capital City Court said that the captain, identified earlier only as Yuriy C., isn't allowed to leave Budapest, must wear an electronic tracking device and meet twice a week with investigators.

The captain's Viking Sigyn cruise ship collided with the Hableany (Mermaid) during a rainstorm on the night of May 29 at Margit Bridge, near the Hungarian Parliament building. The Hableany was raised out of the Danube on Tuesday and later inspected by police.

The Viking Sigyn's captain was arrested for 30 days on June 1, with bail set at 15 million forints ($52,600), but remained in custody while an appeals court decided on a motion by prosecutors objecting to his release. The appeals court rejected the prosecution's request on Tuesday.

Despite his release, the captain will be under police surveillance until a decision is made about a court hearing, but for a maximum of four months, the Budapest court said.

Meanwhile, Budapest police said that the body of a South Korean man had been recovered in the Danube River, raising the death toll to 25, including 23 South Koreans and the Hableany's two-man Hungarian crew.

Police said the body was found Wednesday between the villages of Bolcske and Madocsa, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) downstream from the scene of the collision.

Three South Koreans remain missing and seven were rescued.

The bodies of four victims including the boat's Hungarian captain and a 6-year-old South Korean girl, the collision's youngest casualty were recovered from the Hableany on Tuesday as it was being raised by a floating crane. Police said no more bodies were found in the ship's hull after its inspection at a dock on Csepel Island, in south Budapest.

   

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