It’s June 10, 2019, and rescue workers are hard at work in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. There are barges and a crane set up on the Danube, and the people there are putting in all their effort to retrieve a sunken vessel known as the Hableány. But after the team have finally plucked the boat from the river, they make a truly stomach-churning find.
The Hableány herself was a relatively old vessel, having initially been constructed back in 1949 in the Soviet Union. In 2003, however, a company called Panorama Deck bought the 89-foot-long craft. And from that point on, she found a use in drifting along the Danube river.
The Danube itself, meanwhile, is one of the lengthiest rivers in Europe – second only to the Volga. Starting in Germany and ultimately flowing into the Black Sea, the body of water snakes through a total of ten countries – meaning, in fact, it passes through a greater number of nations than any other river on the planet.