• Hungary Awards S. Korean Divers Who Took Part In Danube Boat Accident Search

Medal of merit recipients pose for a picture with Hungarian officials.
Medal of merit recipients pose for a picture with Hungarian officials.
Hungary has awarded 38 South Korean divers and other rescue personnel medals of merit for their efforts and service during search operations for victims in last year's boat sinking in Budapest's Danube river.

The accident left 25 South Koreans dead.

According to the Hungarian Embassy in Seoul, a ceremony was held in the capital Friday to present the medals of meritorious service to the rescue officials.

Recipients included Song Shun-keun, a former defense attache at the South Korean Embassy in Hungary who took a leading role in the months-long 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 in May.

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