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Victims of Hableány Ship Collision Honored with Traditional Korean Memorial Service

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.10.08.

Victims of the tragic Hableány (Mermaid) boat accident were bid farewell with a traditional South Korean memorial service and Korean musical piece written specifically for the occasion in Budapest on Monday.

Members of the South Korean traditional band Soo Jae Cheon Jeong-Eup marched from the Olympic Park to Margaret Bridge from where they released roses into the Danube in memory of the South Korean and Hungarian victims of the collision.

The victims were also honored with a Korean musical piece called Requiem, composed by Korean composer Lee Gum-seop specifically for this occasion.

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Addressing the ceremony, Choe Kyoo-Sik, South Korea’s ambassador to Hungary, noted that the Hableány had 33 South Korean tourists on board and a crew of two Hungarians. Seven Korean tourists were rescued from the water after the collision and the authorities later found the bodies of 27 victims. The ambassador said the Hungarian government had provided all the necessary resources for the search for those who had gone missing in the collision.

This, together with the sincere condolences and mourning of the Hungarian people, alleviated the pain of the victims’ families and the Korean people,”

the ambassador said, expressing his hope to find the last missing person as soon as possible.

Photo by Zoltán Balogh/MTI

The Hableány collided with a cruise ship and sank in central Budapest on May 29.

Featured photo by Zoltán Balogh/MTI