eseoulpost
DomesticAccidents
S. Korean, Hungarian teams conduct joint operations to search for missing victims of boat sinking
min  |  min
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
승인 2019.06.01  
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn
   
 

By Song Sang-ho

 SEOUL/BUDAPEST, June 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korean and Hungarian workers carried out joint operations on Saturday to search for 21 missing victims of this week's tourist boat sinking in Budapest, officials said, although high waters and strong currents remain tough challenges.

 They conducted surface-level searches up to 50 kilometers down the Danube River from the site of Wednesday's disaster that left seven Koreans dead and 21 people missing, including 19 Koreans.

 The South Korean team, consisting of staff from the Navy and fire agency, was to search the river three times on the day with four boats provided by the Hungarian authorities.

 In response to requests by South Korea and Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria have also been conducting search operations in parts of the Danube River.

 Underwater operations are expected to come later due to the adverse conditions. Divers plan to determine whether to begin full-scale operations in the river on Monday, though they could proceed earlier than that, officials said.

 On Wednesday night, the sightseeing boat carrying 33 Koreans and two Hungarian crew members collided with a Swiss cruise ship, causing it to capsize and sink. Hungarian police have detained the 64-year-old Ukrainian captain of the cruise ship.

 During Saturday's search, the Korean and Hungarian authorities tried to send underwater drones to where the sunken ship lies but failed to do so due to strong currents.

 "We brought sonar systems and underwater drones from Austria, the Czech Republic and Norway, but could not use the drones due to excessively strong currents," a South Korean official told reporters.

 The search workers also found that the ill-fated ship lies 8.1 to 9.3 meters underwater, deeper than the 6 meters that was initially estimated.

 Since Friday, Seoul's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has been in Budapest to oversee the South Korean team's search operations and ensure coordination with Hungary.

 Later in the day, the minister was to meet the victims' families who have arrived in Hungary.

 Alongside the search operations, the Hungarian authorities also plan to resume preparations to salvage the hull of the boat out of the water.

 

The authorities have been mulling when to begin the salvage operations in earnest, while taking into account the

 adverse river conditions.

 Seoul has formed an emergency response team consisting of 53 people, including staff from the foreign ministry, police, the National Intelligence Service and other agencies, to support search operations and ensure coordination with Hungary.

 It has also decided to send four professional counselors to Budapest to support the victims' families.

 Among the victims' family members, 43 arrived in Budapest the previous day. Another six are to arrive there later.

 In Seoul, Vice Foreign Minister Lee Tae-ho presided over a government disaster management session, reiterating the government will put all its effort into searching for the missing.

 "We are concentrating all our efforts in all areas, including expanding the scope of search operations and crafting measures to prevent any damage to or loss of bodies during the work to salvage the hull out of the waters and search the vessel," Lee added.

 South Korea's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae has operated its crisis management center around the clock to check on progress in the search operations in Budapest.

 In a message to South Korean Interior Minister Chin Young, Hungary's Interior Minister Sandor Pinter said that his government will make all-out efforts to search for the missing South Koreans and investigate the cause of the sinking.

 In a reply, Chin called for active cooperation in supporting the search operations and handling and transporting the deceased.

 

 

 

 

 

 

< 저작권자 © eseoulpost 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn 뒤로가기 위로가기
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
자동등록방지용 코드를 입력하세요!   
확인
- 200자까지 쓰실 수 있습니다. (현재 0 byte / 최대 400byte)
- 욕설등 인신공격성 글은 삭제 합니다. [운영원칙]
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
Most Read
1
UAE welcomes efforts to defuse tension, maintain stability in the region, says Abdullah bin Zayed
2
UAE to participate in Tan-Tan Moussem in Morocco
3
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque receives 17,2695 visitors during Eid al-Fitr
4
Medical Liability Law will strengthen health sector and reduce medical errors, says MoHAP
5
Op-Ed: UAE focuses on overcoming the impossible
6
Mohamed bin Zayed receives German FM
7
Mohamed bin Zayed, Chairman of Vista Equity Partners explore joint technological cooperation
8
Journalists in Nepal Discuss Media Responsibility for Global Peacebuilding
9
Sharjah Police Chief meets graduates of Sharjah Police Academy
10
Moon embarks on Northern Europe tour with focus on peace, innovative growth
Photo News Green Biz
World Green Economy Summit 2018 concludes
World Green Economy Summit 2018 co...
min
Restoration of nature requires actions of many :Al Zeyoudi
Restoration of nature requires act...
min
Al Zeyoudi to head UAE delegation to upcoming Global Climate Action Summit in California
Al Zeyoudi to head UAE delegation ...
min
Plastic wastes from Korea legal: MisOr ecozone exec
Plastic wastes from Korea legal: M...
min
Spotlight on UAE's environmental efforts at Urban Sustainability Week
Spotlight on UAE's environmental e...
min
Photo News Sports
Sharjah welcomes delegates of 24 countries participating in Special Olympics Abu Dhabi
Sharjah welcomes delegates of 24 c...
min
Mohammed bin Rashid attends 'UAE Tour'
Mohammed bin Rashid attends 'UAE T...
min
Koreas to field joint teams in 4 sports at 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Koreas to field joint teams in 4 s...
min
Over 500 Paralympic athletes to compete in IWAS World Games 2019 on Sunday in Sharjah
Over 500 Paralympic athletes to co...
min
New York City FC announces preseason in Abu Dhabi
New York City FC announces preseas...
min
AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019
AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019
min
VP crowns Abdullah Al Marri winner of Mohammed Bin Rashid Endurance Cup
VP crowns Abdullah Al Marri winner...
min
Welcome to the land of Zayed, land of tolerance, Nahyan bin Zayed tells 2019 AFC Asian Cup teams
Welcome to the land of Zayed, land...
min
Photo News World
Sharjah welcomes delegates of 24 countries participating in Special Olympics Abu Dhabi
Sharjah welcomes delegates of 24 c...
min
Mohammed bin Rashid attends 'UAE Tour'
Mohammed bin Rashid attends 'UAE T...
min
Koreas to field joint teams in 4 sports at 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Koreas to field joint teams in 4 s...
min
Over 500 Paralympic athletes to compete in IWAS World Games 2019 on Sunday in Sharjah
Over 500 Paralympic athletes to co...
min
New York City FC announces preseason in Abu Dhabi
New York City FC announces preseas...
min
AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019
AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019
min
VP crowns Abdullah Al Marri winner of Mohammed Bin Rashid Endurance Cup
VP crowns Abdullah Al Marri winner...
min
Welcome to the land of Zayed, land of tolerance, Nahyan bin Zayed tells 2019 AFC Asian Cup teams
Welcome to the land of Zayed, land...
min
Photo News Opinion
Hyundai Heavy shareholders OK split-up plan amid labor opposition
Hyundai Heavy shareholders OK spli...
min
Seoul revokes license for gene therapy drug Invossa
Seoul revokes license for gene the...
min
OECD cuts growth outlook for S. Korea's economy to 2.4 percent
OECD cuts growth outlook for S. Ko...
min
S. Korea's potential growth rate to drop to 2.5 pct through 2022: KERI
S. Korea's potential growth rate t...
min
Moon pledges gov't support for non-memory chip businesses
Moon pledges gov't support for non...
min
Shareholders reject reappointment of Korean Air chief
Shareholders reject reappointment ...
min
Yonhap files complaint against News1 over unlawful distribution of Rodong Sinmun content
Yonhap files complaint against New...
min
President Moon names 7 new ministers in Cabinet reshuffle
President Moon names 7 new ministe...
min
Newspaper AboutNews ReportAdvertiseComplaintsPrivacy PolicyJuvenile protectionRejection of E-mail Collection
Gangnam-gu, Teheran 52 street in Tehran Bldg, 616(Yeoksam-dong)  |  Main Phone: 02) 563-0604  |  Fax: 02) 538-5665
Chairman : jeong-woo Lee  |  Advisor : byung-il Min  |  Publisher: jae-mo Kah  |  Editors: il-hong Kim
Registration Number 1928 Seoul ah  |  eseoulpost.com / eseoulpost.net / Global Korea.,Ltd
Copyright © 2011 eseoulpost. All rights reserved. mail to jaemokah@daum.com , kih10kr@empas.com/ www.globalkorea.info
arabafrica.net / UAE Interract / Emirtes News Agency(WAM)/ http://wam.org.ae / www.uaeinteract.com