Another Danube Tragedy Victim Found

  • By Shon Jin-seok

    June 14, 2019 12:38

    The body of another victim of last month's pleasure-boat tragedy was found in the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday. Search workers said the body of a Korean man in his 60s was discovered 110 km downstream from the site of the accident.

    This brought the number of Korean victims confirmed dead to 23 and those still unaccounted-for to three. The Hableány went under with 33 Korean passengers and two Hungarian crew on board on May 29 after being rammed by a larger cruise ship, and only seven of the passengers were rescued on the night. 

    Search workers inspected the wreck again with two sniffer dogs on Wednesday after it was raised from the riverbed the previous day but found nothing.

    They looked in every nook and cranny of the wreck again on Thursday but found no traces of the missing. No more belongings were found either.

    Search workers inspect the wreck of the pleasure boat Hableány in Budapest, Hungary on Tuesday. /Yonhap

    A Korean official said, "We had hoped to find more bodies in the bottom of the boat as a lot of silt was piled up there, but to no avail."

    Search workers are expected to search the riverbed at the site soon. They are continuing search downstream with boats, helicopters, drones and sniffer dogs.

    A Foreign Ministry official here said, "We're talking with the Hungarian government about the need to find the exact cause of the accident and punish those responsible."

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