7 Dead, 21 Missing After Sightseeing Boat Sinks in Hungary

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP/Hamodia) —
Responders sit in a rubber dinghy preparing for the search for victims next to a landing dock after a tourist boat crashed with another ship late Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP)

Seven people were confirmed dead and 21 missing after a sightseeing boat carrying 32 passengers and two crew members collided with another vessel and sank Wednesday night in the Danube River in downtown Budapest, state tv said.

Citing a statement from the Interior Ministry, state TV said one person was successfully revived after being rescued. It said many of those on board were Asian tourists.

“Hableany” in River Danube with the Parliament building in the background in Budapest. (Zoltan Mihadak/MTI via AP)

Searchers at the scene near Hungary’s parliament included a fire boat, while other boats docked on the river banks shined spotlights onto the river in a heavy rain. The news website Index.hu said the person rescued was found near the Petofi Bridge, which is about two miles south of Parliament.

The boat that sank was identified as the “Hableany” (Mermaid), which is described on the sightseeing company’s website as “one of the smallest members of the fleet.” It has two decks and a capacity for 60 people, or 45 for sightseeing cruises.

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