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President Moon starts trip by paying respects to victims of deadly 2019 Danube boat accident Updated: 2021-11-03 13:39:54 KST

President Moon Jae-in began his visit to Hungary by paying respects to the 28 victims, mostly South Koreans, that were killed in a boat accident on the Danube River in 2019.
Moon arrived in Budapest Tuesday evening for a state visit the final leg of his nine-day Europe tour.
A memorial to remember the deadly boat collision was inaugurated earlier this year.

"I thank the Hungarian government for doing its best in its search and recovery efforts at the time of the accident. The Hungarian people also expressed their concerns and paid condolences. I thank you for making this memorial so that we can mourn forever."

"The two countries should remember and be vigilant so that such a tragedy does not happen again."

On the evening of May 29th 2019, during heavy rain, the Viking Sigyn cruiser collided with the Hableany sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew members causing the boat to sink almost instantly.
Just seven tourists survived,.. while the remains of one South Korean has yet to be recovered.
Hungary and South Korea still mourn the victims with the disaster regarded as the worst on the Danube in more than half a century.

The sightseeing ship has since been retired due to the damage it sustained and in a show of respect to the victims.
The captain of the cruise liner is on trial for negligence, but denies any wrongdoing.


During his state visit, Moon will hold talks with his Hungarian counterpart, and attend a meeting of the Visegrad Group, that also includes the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. Kim Min-ji, Arirang News. Budapest.
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