7 dead, 21 missing after tour boat capsizes in Budapest

A sightseeing boat overturned on the Danube after being involved in a collision with a larger ship.


NSFW    BUDAPEST, HUNGARY — At least seven people are dead and 21 others missing after their tour boat capsized in Hungary.

The Guardian reports that 33 South Koreans and two Hungarians were onboard a sightseeing boat called The Mermaid for an hour-long tour on Budapest's Danube river Wednesday night, despite poor weather.

CCTV footage released by police shows the Mermaid and a 443-feet-long cruise ship called the Viking both travelling North on the river."

"While approaching the pillars of the Magrit bridge, the Mermaid steered left into the path of the larger ship, and was hit from behind.

According to the head of Budapest's disaster management office, the Mermaid capsized and sank just seven seconds later. The BBC reports that witnesses saw people in the water screaming for help.

Seven people have been rescued, including one that was pulled from the water two miles south of the accident site. Seven are confirmed dead, while 21 others are still missing. CNN reports that none were wearing life jackets.

According to police, rescue efforts were hampered by the rain and fast current on the Danube. Authorities have extended the search for the missing far downstream, even into Serbia, where the Danube flows, according to the L.A. Times.
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