Hungarian Cruise Ship Victim Was Crew Violinist


Salon Staff
January 18, 2012 9:18PM (UTC)

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's foreign ministry says one of the bodies recovered from the wreck of the cruise ship that ran aground off Tuscany was a Hungarian man, a musician working aboard the ship.

Ministry spokesman Jozsef Toth said Wednesday the body of Sandor Feher, a 38-year-old violinist, was found inside the wreck of the Costa Concordia and identified by his mother in the Italian city of Grosetto. He is the first victim officially identified.

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Jozsef Balog, a pianist who worked with Feher, told the Blikk newspaper that Feher was wearing a lifejacket when he decided to return to his cabin to pack his violin. Feher was last seen on deck en route to a lifeboat.

According to Balog, Feher helped put lifejackets on several crying children before returning to his cabin.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's foreign ministry says one of the bodies recovered from the wreck of the cruise ship that ran aground off Tuscany was a Hungarian man, a musician working aboard the ship.

Ministry spokesman Jozsef Toth said Wednesday the body of Sandor Feher, a 38-year-old violinist, was found inside the wreck of the Costa Concordia and identified by his mother in the Italian city of Grosetto. He is the first victim officially identified.

Jozsef Balog, a pianist working with Feher on the ship, told the Blikk newspaper that Feher was wearing a lifejacket when he decided to return to his cabin to pack his violin. Feher was last seen on deck en route to the area where he was supposed to board a lifeboat.

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According to Balog, Feher helped put lifejackets on several crying children before returning to his cabin.


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