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Áder, Orbán, Kövér Express Condolences over Ship Collision Tragedy

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.05.30.

President János Áder, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Parliamentary Speaker László Kövér have expressed condolences to their South Korean counterparts over Wednesday’s ship collision on the river Danube in central Budapest.

At least seven people died and another seven were injured when a sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Koreans sank after colliding with a larger cruise ship.

In his telegram to President Moon Jae-in, Áder said Hungarian authorities will make all possible efforts to find the survivors and to ensure the speediest possible recovery of those hospitalised, the president’s office told MTI.

Seven Die in Danube Ship Collision

Hungarian authorities will conduct a thorough investigation and stand ready to cooperate with South Korean experts, Áder said. He expressed deep condolences and sympathies with members of the victims’ families and the South Korean people.

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In his letter to Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon, Orbán said Hungarian authorities will make all possible efforts to find the accident’s survivors.

“At this difficult moment, we are with family members of the victims and the South Korean people, ” Orbán said.

Parliamentary Speaker László Kövér has also expressed his condolences to his South Korean counterpart. In his telegram to Moon Hee-sang, Kövér expressed his sympathies with the families and friends of the victims, parliament’s press office said.

Kövér assured his counterpart that Hungarian authorities will provide effective assistance to the survivors and do their utmost to find those who went missing.

Later Hungary’s political parties have expressed their sympathies over the tragic accident of the capsized and sank ship.

The opposition Párbeszéd party said in a statement on Thursday that they were “shaken” by the “incomprehensibly tragic accident.” The party hoped that many of those disappeared can be saved, the statement said.

The Socialist party said in a statement that they feel with the relatives of the victims.

On its Facebook page, green LMP thanked the rescue teams for their work and expressed their condolences to the relatives of the victims.

Leftist Democratic Coalition (DK) expressed their sympathies with the relatives of the victims. They share the pain over the disaster and hope that those injured will recover soon, the statement said.

Nationalist Jobbik said: “Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims of this tragedy… and pray that those who disappeared can soon return safe to their loved ones.”

Featured photo by Péter Lakatos/MTI.