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Hungary awards S. Korean rescue officials medals for search efforts in Danube boat sinking

Diplomacy 15:56 May 29, 2020

SEOUL, May 29 (Yonhap) -- Hungary awarded 38 South Korean divers and other rescue officials medals of merit for their efforts and service in search operations for Korean and other victims in last year's boat sinking in Budapest, its embassy in Seoul said Friday.

A ceremony was held at the Hungarian Cultural Institute in central Seoul on Friday to present the medals of meritorious service to the rescue officials, the Hungarian embassy said, including Song Shun-keun, a former defense attache at the South Korean Embassy in Hungary who took a leading role in the monthslong search operations.

The divers and officials were dispatched to Budapest after 26 South Korean tourists aboard a sightseeing boat went missing after the vessel collided with a bigger cruise boat on May 29. Bodies of 25 people have been found, but one person remains missing.

In the ceremony, Hungarian Ambassador to Seoul Mozes Csoma expressed gratitude to the divers and officials for their dedication and hard work during the operations, the embassy said.

Hungary is also planning to erect a monument near the accident site in the Danube River in the memory of the South Koreans killed in the boat sinking. A memorial ceremony was to be held in Budapest on Friday (Hungary time) to mark the first anniversary of the accident.

Rescue officials pose for a photo during an award ceremony at the Hungarian Embassy in Seoul, at which they were awarded medals of merit by the Hungarian government for their service in the search operations for Koreans who went missing in last year's boat sinking in Budapest, in this photo provided by the Hungarian embassy on May 29, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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