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Ship Collision: Family of Last South Korean Victim Still in Budapest

Péter Cseresnyés 2019.07.18.

The family members of the last missing victim of the Danube ship collision are still in Budapest, said a Korean dentist to Asian daily Hankook Ilbo, Hungarian tabloid Blikk reports. They want to help identify their loved one, once found.

Since the tragedy, the family of the last victim has been in Budapest – they cannot yet reconcile their loss, said a Korean dentist, who has been staying in Hungary since the tragic ship collision. They all want to be here to be able to identify their loved one, once found by the authorities, he added.

Each time they hear that a missing person is found, they pray to be notified by the police,”

“They are trying to be hopeful but at the same time, they are desperate.”

According to the tabloid’s information, more Korean divers have recently arrived in Budapest to help their Hungarian counterparts.

Hungarian Crew of the Tragic Hableány Disaster Commemorated

In a statement, Budapest police assured that authorities are still looking for the last victim of the tragic Danube boat collision. The search covers the entire 215-kilometer section of the river, south of the accident site. Participants will continue the search until there is still a reasonable chance of finding the last missing Korean victim. This means the search will take a long time, easily even months, a diver told Blikk.

No Warning Sign Given by Viking Captain before Deadly Collision

The sightseeing boat Hableány (Mermaid) collided with a cruise ship and sank in the Danube river near Margaret Bridge on May 29th. It had 35 passengers on board- 33 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew members. Seven tourists were rescued from the water not long after the collision, and are the only survivors. 27 victims of the devastating accident have already been found and identified, with the exception of one South Korean passenger who is still missing.

Featured photo by Balázs Mohai/MTI