September 22, 2019 | 4:20 AM IST
Budapest

7 die, several missing as Hungarian boat sinks

At least seven people died and about 19 went missing after a pleasure boat carrying 33 South Korean tourists sank on the flooding Danube in the Hungarian capital on Wednesday night. 

The boat, Hableany (the Mermaid), reportedly collided with another tourist vessel near the Hungarian parliament building at around 9 pm. The Danube had been flooding with very strong steady flow while a rainstorm enveloped Budapest making rescue operation even more difficult.

A massive rescue team swung into action with boats, divers, spotlights and radar scanning along the river several kilometres downstream.  The hull was found a few hundred metres from its usual mooring point. Authorities said that the seven people who died were not wearing lifejackets.

 Mihaly Toth, a spokesman of the boat’s owner, confirmed that the double-decker river cruise had met with an unfortunate incident and sunk.

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