It was two years ago, on May 29, 2019, that a cruise ship named Hableány sank in seconds near the Parliament after colliding with the hotel ship Viking Sigyn. Thirteen days after the tragedy that claimed 27 lives, the wreckage of the Hableány was removed from the Danube. Now, on Népsziget, you can see the condition of the rusty hull, as evidence.
Organising the rescue mission and finding the wreckage were the biggest challenge after the Hableány cruise ship disaster, said Lt. Gen. János Hajdu, director-general of the Counter-Terrorism Centre (TEK), on Saturday. Together with the TEK staff, Hajdu released a wreath in memory of the victims at the Pest end of the Margaret Bridge on the second anniversary of the tragedy.
At six o’clock, in the morning of June 11, 2019, the salvaging of the wreck of the Hableány at a depth of nine metres began, and the massive damage to the side of the ship caused by the collision soon became apparent. The divers brought several bodies to the surface and pumped the water out of the hull from level to level. After seven hours of hard work, they were able to transfer the Hableány to a barge with a floating crane, which transported the cruise ship to the Csepel Free Port.
From there, it later moved to Újpest and will remain under protection until the end of the criminal proceedings. You can see the wreckage from above in this drone video on Index, but a Hungarian YouTuber also made a much more detailed video, which you can see here:
The Hableány was already examined by police detectives and shipping professionals two weeks after the tragedy, in Csepel, but the wreckage is still a piece of evidence and a crime scene, and it remains so until expert opinions are analysed.
The Hableány is secured with cameras connected to the police headquarters.
The wreckage cannot be moved until the end of the police warrant. It was guarded by patrols during the investigation process, which is now only remembered by a torn police tape. It is currently guarded with cameras, costing HUF 400 thousand per month.
If the captain of the Viking Sigyn is found guilty, he will have to pay the full amount as a criminal expense after the final verdict.
Featured image: video still from Youtube.
Source: index.hu; hvg.hu