Thursday, May 30, 2019

Seven dead and 19 missing as tourist boat crashes and sinks in Budapest

Seven people have been confirmed dead after a sightseeing boat carrying 33 passengers and two crew crashed and sank in the Danube River.

A further 19 people are still missing after the boat hit another vessel, sparking the tragedy in Budapest on Wednesday night.

The boat was carrying tourists from Korea while the two crew members were identified as Hungarian.

Rescue officials said seven bodies had been recovered while a further seven people were rescued and are now being treated in hospital.

 The sunken boat was located early on Thursday near the Margit Bridge, not far from the neo-Gothic Parliament building on the river bank.

Employees from the South Korean Embassy in Budapest were assisting Hungarian officials in identifying those rescued and the deceased.

Officials said searchers were checking the Danube for miles downriver from Budapest.