The trial a Ukrainian boat captain involved in a crash on the Danube River in Budapest last year began on Wednesday March 11th.
The accident resulted in the deaths of 25 Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew, the worst accident in more than half a century on the river.
The Mermaid boat sank in about half a minute on May 29th 2019 after a river cruise ship hit her from behind under a bridge in the Hungarian capital during heavy rain.
Prosecutors claim that the captain, 64-year-old Yuri Chaplinsky from Odessa, failed to pay sufficient attention and did not focus on steering the ship for several minutes during the evening leading up to the incident. There was torrential rain and heavy flooding at the time.