People watch as a 200-ton lift capacity crane manoeuvres into position near the Margaret bridge on the Danube river, Monday, June 10, 2019, preparing to salvage to sunken shipwreck from the scene of a deadly boat accident in Budapest, Hungary.
The lifting operation began at around 6am and six hours later the Mermaid tourist boat was nearly entirely out of the water.
The Mermaid was carrying mostly South Korean holidaymakers when it capsized and sank on the evening of 29 May, just seconds after colliding with a bigger river cruise boat on a busy stretch of the river.
Seven of the 35 people on board were rescued and seven bodies quickly recovered but others were swept away in the swollen river or trapped inside the boat. Those missing include the Mermaid's Hungarian captain.More news: HMD Global admits to killing itself with stupid naming pattern
South Korean and Hungarian authorities have continued their joint search along the river with divers, helicopters, drones and search dogs.
Criticism arose as it turned out part of the cruise boat has been repainted in an apparent attempt to hide and destroy traces of the collision.
Once fully out of the water, the wreck of the Mermaid will be taken to a secure location and examined by police, who have launched a criminal investigation.
Viking Sigyn's captain, named as 64-year-old Ukrainian national Yuriy C, has been detained on suspicion of reckless misconduct in waterborne traffic leading to mass casualties.More news: Rays take three of four from Red Sox
Yesterday, the Sigyn was again searched by Hungarian police.
So far, 19 South Korean tourists and a Hungarian crewman are confirmed dead from the collision that occurred late at night and during stormy weather.
The Mermaid accident happened on a popular part of the Danube river for leisure trips, from where passengers can view the city and parliament building illuminated at night.
The plan is to slowly lift the boat by around 5 centimeters at a time in order to ensure what's inside the boat does not get dislodged in the process.More news: Mexico denies Trump's claim of secret concessions in deal