Captain of Viking Sigyn cleared of drugs or drink abuse

No evidence was found of alcohol or drug abuse by the captain of inland marine cruise ship Viking Signy, which struck and sank tourist vessel Hableany on May 29th, resulting in the death of 28 people on board, Hungarian police said on Tuesday June 18th.

Budapest police spokesman Soma Csecsi told a news conference that “we launched the investigation as soon as we got on board (the Sigyn). As a first step we took samples from the captain. He had not consumed alcohol or taken drugs.”

Police were also looking into whether the captain may have been too tired to head up a ship, said Csecsi.

The Viking Sigyn captain was detained on suspicion of misconduct in waterborne traffic leading to mass casualties. He was released last week on HUF15m (£41,500) bail last week.

The captain, identified as 64-year-old C. Yuriy from Odessa, Ukraine, is wearing a location transmitter and is confined to Budapest.

Switzerland-based Viking Cruises Ltd said that it was cooperating with Hungarian investigators.

The bodies of three victims remain missing. The search for them will continue for as long as there is any hope of finding the bodies, Csecsi said.