Hungary’s first-ever diver training tank was inaugurated in southern Baja on Friday, on the third anniversary of a deadly boat collision on the Danube that claimed the lives of scores of South Korean tourists in 2019.
On May 29, 2019, the Viking cruise ship Sigyn collided with the tourist boat Hableany which had 33 South Korean tourists and a crew of two Hungarians on board. Seven tourists were rescued from the water after the collision and the others died. One of the bodies has not been found.
Robert Zsigo, Fidesz MP for Baja, said at the inauguration that the disaster linked two nations. He said the youngest victim of the collision was 6 years old and the oldest 71 years old.
Park Chul-min, South Korea’s ambassador to Hungary, said May 29, 2019 was “a moment of shock” that to this day cannot be forgotten. At the same time, he expressed his thanks and gratitude to the divers who had done everything to save the victims at the scene of the disaster.
The diver training pool opened in Baja, a town on the southern Hungarian part of the Danube, was built on the initiative of the Havaria Disaster Management Public Benefit Association.