Sightseeing boat was by the Hungarian parliament building when it collided with another vessel
Seven South Koreans have died after a sightseeing boat sank in the Danube, close to the Hungarian parliament building in central Budapest, Hungarian and South Korean officials have said.
Thirty-three South Koreans were onboard the boat when it collided with another vessel, South Koreas foreign ministry said. The 26-metre tourist boat was also carrying two Hungarian crew members.
At this stage, seven people have been taken to hospital in a stable condition and our services have recorded the death of seven other people, Pal Gyorfi, a spokesman for Hungarian emergency services, said.
There were emergency vehicles positioned at regular intervals along a two-mile stretch of the river in the early hours of Thursday, as the search for survivors continued, hampered by driving rain and poor visibility. Heavy rainfall since the beginning of May has led to high water levels, complicating rescue efforts.
There was a tragic boat accident at around 9pm [on Wednesday], said Gbor Csat, the CEO of the Hungarian ambulance service, speaking from a makeshift emergency services command point on the riverbank shortly before midnight local time. Weve put a huge effort into the rescue involving 17 ambulances, fire engines, police and boats, looking along both sides of the Danube.