Czech captain of fatal cruise ship collision at Veroce under police surveillance

The captain of a cruise ship, a Czech national, has been ordered to stay at his place of residence in Hungary until September 22 over charges of alleged negligence in a fatal accident on the Danube river that claimed two lives over the weekend, a Budapest regional court said on Wednesday.

The captain was taken into custody on Monday after his ship collided with a small motor boat near Veroce, north of Budapest, in the night of May 18. A man and a woman out of the eight passengers on board the boat died while another male passenger who swam ashore survived the accident. A search is still under way for the remaining five passengers, three men and two women.

Police have launched proceedings against the cruise ship’s captain over negligence leading to several deaths and other crimes.

The Czech national has a place of residence registered in Hungary.

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