7 Dead, 21 Missing in Budapest Boat Disaster

Sightseeing boat collided with larger ship
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2019 12:07 AM CDT
7 Dead, 21 Missing in Budapest Boat Disaster
Soldiers take part in the search operations for survivors on the River Danube in downtown Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, May 30, 2019, following a collision of a hotel ship and a smaller sightseeing boat on the previous evening.   (Zoltan Mathe/MTI via AP)

There was a massive search and rescue effort on the Danube river Wednesday night after a boat packed with South Korean tourists capsized and sank in Budapest. Authorities say seven people have been confirmed dead and another 21—19 Koreans and two Hungarian crew members—are missing, the BBC reports. Hungarian authorities say the Mermaid was hit by a larger cruise ship during a Wednesday evening downpour, which swelled the river and caused strong currents, reports the AP. The sunken ship was located Thursday near the city's Margit Bridge. Officials say none of the tourists were wearing life jackets. Boat traffic on the Danube south of Budapest has been halted amid fears that the strong currents will carry victims a long way downstream. (More Hungary stories.)

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