A memorial dedicated to the victims of the 2019 ship collision that claimed many South Korean lives in Budapest will be erected later this year. According to the Official Gazette of Hungary, the government set aside HUF 175.75 million for the monument, news portal 444.hu reported.
On the first anniversary of the shipwreck, on May 29th, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced that Hungary and South Korea would erect a memorial to the victims of the disaster. He also said that a Hungarian-Korean creative couple had been asked to complete the task and that the plans were only waiting for the approval of the victims’ family members. After the handover, the municipality of the 5th district will be the maintainer and operator of the monument.
On May 29, 2019, the Viking Sigyn cruise ship collided with the Hableány sightseeing boat which had 33 South Korean tourists on board and a crew of two Hungarians. Seven tourists were rescued from the water after the collision and the rest died. One of the bodies has not been recovered to date.
According to the charges brought against the cruise ship’s Ukrainian captain, he was steering the ship alone as it reached Margaret Bridge. The captain failed to attend to his duties for at least five minutes, according to the charges. During that time, his ship collided with the Hableány sightseeing boat and pushed it under water.
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