Gal said the tour boat would be taken on the barge to nearby Csepel Island, where it will be examined by Budapest police as part of their investigation of the crash. Four passengers remain missing, the TEK media officer said.
After lifting much of the top of the Hableany to the river's surface, rescuers could be seen adding another wire strap to the back of the boat as water was being pumped out of the boat's hull.
The bodies of four victims appear to have been recovered from the sunken Danube River tour boat being brought to the surface in Hungary's capital.
Early on in the operation, police were seen by an AFP photographer at the site removing four bodies from the vessel. - A tourist boat was carrying mostly South Korean tourists when it sank seconds after colliding with the bigger Viking Sigyn vessel on a busy stretch of the Danube river on May 29 in an accident that has claimed at least 28 lives and dissappeared. Crews are searching for seven South Koreans and the boat's Hungarian captain.
State news agency MTI reported that a total of four victims had been found on Tuesday and recovered by divers. Salvage crews saluted in respect as each body was removed.
Nineteen South Koreans and a Hungarian crewman have been confirmed dead, with eight people missing.
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The plan involves lifting the Mermaid with the floating crane and placing it on a long barge.
The search for the missing victims would continue along the Hungarian section of the Danube River south of Budapest, Gal said. Seven people were rescued after the nighttime collision amid heavy rain.
A floating crane raised the boat from waters beneath the Margit bridge in downtown Budapest, live TV footage showed.
Workers prepare to raise the sunken pleasure boat Hableány on the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary on Monday.
It left Budapest less than 48 hours after the collision and has since returned to Hungary on a scheduled trip in Visegrad, north of Budapest, according to police.
Its 64-year-old Ukrainian captain was arrested by Hungarian police days after the incident on suspicion of "endangering waterborne traffic resulting in multiple deaths".