A commemoration were held near central Budapest’s Margit Bridge on Friday.

They paid tribute to the Hungarian crew of the Hableány sightseeing boat which capsized and sank in the river on May 29.

Ship collision in Budapest - Memorial event held on Danube River
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Ship collision in Budapest - Memorial event held on Danube River
Photo: MTI

The vessel was carrying 33 South Korean tourists and a crew of two Hungarians when it collided with a large cruise ship. Seven tourists were rescued from the River Danube but all others died in the collision.

The ceremony was held simultaneously on several ships, started at 11am today.

The urn containing the ashes of the sailor of the sunken boat is placed from a ship into Danube by a ship’s captain during the funeral ceremony of the two Hungarian victims.

Ship collision in Budapest - Memorial event held on Danube River
Photo: MTI

The remains of the captain of the boat will be buried on the land later. 

Participants joined the commemoration on the Pest side of the river south of Margit bridge.

Ship collision in Budapest - Memorial event held on Danube River
Photo: MTI
Ship collision in Budapest - Memorial event held on Danube River
Photo: MTI
Ship collision in Budapest - Memorial event held on Danube River
Photo: MTI
Ship collision in Budapest - Memorial event held on Danube River
Photo: MTI
Ship collision in Budapest - Memorial event held on Danube River
Photo: MTI
Ship collision in Budapest - Memorial event held on Danube River
Photo: MTI

As we wrote a week ago, a body found in the River Danube near Makád, around 50km south of Budapest, has been identified as a victim of the sinking of the sightseeing boat Hableány. A search continues along the river downstream from the city to recover the body of one South Korean tourist still missing. Read more HERE.

Source: MTI

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