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The people who lost their loved ones in the 2019 Hableány tragedy, as well as the survivors of the ship collision, have indicated their mutual compensation claim, totaling 4.3 billion forint (EUR 12 million), reports tabloid Ripost. Furthermore, the daughter of the late captain of the Hableány ship has made a compensation claim of 35 million forint (EUR 98 thousand) to Panorama Deck, the employer of her father.

On May 29, 2019, the Viking Sigyn cruise ship collided with the sightseeing boat known as the Hableány (Mermaid) on the Danube River in Budapest. Only 7 of the 33 South Korean tourists on board survived the collision, and its crew of two Hungarians passed away as well.

Since then, the construction of a memorial has begun, while the Ukrainian captain held responsible for the collision, Jurij C., remains under criminal supervision, facing prison and a suspension of his boating license.

Gov't to Erect Monument Dedicated to Victims of Hableány With HUF 175 Million
Gov't to Erect Monument Dedicated to Victims of Hableány With HUF 175 Million

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, […]Continue reading

Those who have been impacted by the incident have called for compensation from Panorama Deck and Viking Cruises, equally distributed from the two companies.

Unfortunately, neither Viking cruises nor the insurer of the cruise ship have paid any money to anyone over the collision yet.

The lawyer of Panorama Deck, Zsolt Sógor, told the jury that if the claim is accepted, the company will most certainly go out of business. They already have to pay 6-700 million forint (EUR 16.7-20 thousand) in damages, and have had practically no customers since the incident, similarly to other tourist ships of the capital.

Ship Collision: Captain of Close-by Ship to Remain under Criminal Supervision
Ship Collision: Captain of Close-by Ship to Remain under Criminal Supervision

A Ukrainian boat captain charged in connection with a deadly boat collision on the River Danube in 2019 will remain under criminal supervision and be required to report regularly to the authorities by phone, in line with a binding court ruling, the Budapest chief prosecutor’s office said on Monday, confirming reports by pro-govt daily Magyar […]Continue reading

Many have been placing bouquets at the Margit Bridge site of the crash since the incident. Hopefully, the memorial of the victims, a 25-ton granite block engraved with the names of the victims, will be finished by the second anniversary of the tragedy.

Featured photo illustration by Noémi Bruzák/MTI