On Monday evening, hundreds of people gathered in Budapest on Margaret Bridge to remember the victims of the ship collision last Wednesday, when the Mermaid (Hableány) carrying 33 South Koreans and two Hungarian crew, collided with a cruise ship and sank.
The event was organized by the Csíkszerda Choir. Those gathered sang Arirang, Korea’s iconic folk song, a few times to commemorate the South Korean victims. You can watch a video of the event in euronews’ report:
The song, which has over a thousand variations, is more than 600 years old, and has been a part of UNESCO’s intellectual heritage list since 2012. The commemoration was mainly attended by Hungarians with some Korean participants as well.
Seven passengers were rescued last Wednesday night. Yesterday, additionally to the seven victims already found, the bodies of two more victims were recovered, bringing the number of confirmed dead in the disaster to nine, while 19 are still missing. The Ukrainian captain of the Viking Sigyn, a Swiss cruise ship, has been detained.