Confirmed death toll in Danube River boat crash rises to 24

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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) — Hungarian police say four more victims from the tour boat that sank two weeks ago after colliding on the Danube River with a cruise ship have been identified, raising the death toll to 24, including 22 South Koreans and the two-man Hungarian crew.

Four South Koreans remain missing since the May 29 crash and seven were rescued.

The four people identified Wednesday, a day after they were recovered from the Hableany (Mermaid) as it was being raised out of the river with a floating crane, included the boat’s captain and the only child victim of the collision, a 6-year-old South Korean girl.

Meanwhile, a Budapest court on Wednesday upheld a ruling allowing the cruise ship captain, under arrest since June 1, to be released on bail under certain conditions.

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