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Captain involved in Hungarian tourist boat tragedy had previous crash in April, deleted phone data

The captain of a river cruise vessel that crashed into another tourist boat in Hungary and capsized in May was involved in another accident just a month earlier, prosecutors claim.

While an investigation is still underway into the incident on Budapest’s Danube River that claimed the lives of 28 people – many of them South Korean tourists – Viking Sigyn’s captain, identified by police as C Yuriy from Odessa, is being held as a suspect, according to ABC News.

It turns out that this captain was also in charge of a boat involved in an accident in the Netherlands in April, according to prosecutors.

Furthermore, prosecutors said in a statement that the captain had “deleted data from his phone” following the Hungarian boat tragedy, but noted it was unclear whether the data was related to the accident, ABC News reported.

The captain’s lawyers said the 64-year-old is devastated but deny he was in the wrong.

CCTV footage of the fatal collision emerged earlier this month.

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