“The wreck is located more than six meters (20 feet) deep and the water level continues to rise because of the expected rainfall,” Szijjarto added.
Hungarian police have detained and questioned the captain of the Viking Sigyn river cruise ship that collided with a sightseeing boat. Szijjarto said the 64-year-old Ukrainian captain protested being considered a suspect. Identified only as Yuriy C., he is suspected of endangering water transport leading to a deadly mass accident.
Prosecutors said they had asked a Budapest court to place the captain under arrest, which they considered necessary “to ensure his presence during the proceedings.” A decision about the arrest is expected Saturday.
The Viking Sigyn has been allowed to sail on to Germany but Kang said the ship’s owner “has promised to fully cooperate with the investigation.”
“If the investigation finds the ship’s owner responsible, there will be a thorough legal response,” she added.
The ministers agreed to search for every missing person.
“We shared our firm resolve … to search for survivors to the last person,” Kang said.