Tourist Boat Collides With Ship On The Danube In Budapest Causing Fatalities And Missing Passengers

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The fatalities are South Korean. Another 21 people remain missing.

The Hungarian authorities have confirmed on Thursday that they are still looking for 21 missing people, with little hope of finding them alive, in the waters of the Danube river after the shipwreck of a tourist boat last night that killed at least seven South Koreans. The strong current of the river and the bad weather, with heavy rains, make search and rescue tasks difficult, which in the meantime have been extended to the entire Hungarian section of the Danube. According to the latest official data, confirmed from Seoul by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea, relief teams rescued alive seven citizens of the Asian country.

“The state of the seven injured, who were hospitalized, is stable. They can communicate and they were treated against hypothermia, “Ambulance services spokesman Pál Györfi told Magia public television M1. “Unfortunately, in the case of seven other people we could only determine his death,” said Györfi, who explained that with the current temperatures of the Danube water, of 15 degrees at most, the bodies lose heat quickly .The spokesman of the Police, Kristóf Gál, pointed out that on the cruise “Hableány” (Sirena), belonging to the company Budapest Deck, 27 meters long and a capacity of 60 people, 33 Korean tourists and a crew of two members were traveling .

Probable collision, the cause of the accident is still unknown, but the first reconstructions of the events indicate that the “Sirena”, who was touring the Budapest section of the Danube, collided with another larger ship. Apparently, it overturned after the crash and sank quickly at the foot of the Margarita bridge, near the emblematic Parliament building. In the images broadcast live by the Magyar televisions you can see a large deployment of rescue teams, ambulances, firefighters and police vehicles. The authorities, in addition to expanding the search to the entire Hungarian section of the Danube, also banned the movement of ships, as they estimate that the bodies of the disappeared may have been dragged several kilometers by the strong current of the river. On these calculations, the focus of the search was moving to the south and today it was already concentrated outside the budapestine territory.

The Danube, one of the main waterways transporting goods in Europe, crosses the Hungarian capital separating its two halves, “Buda” and “Pest”, in a special stretch of attraction for excursions through the beautiful panorama offered by the city .

Tourist Boat Collides With Ship On The Danube In Budapest Causing Fatalities And Missing Passengers

Tourist Boat Collides With Ship On The Danube In Budapest Causing Fatalities And Missing Passengers

 

Source: La Voz de Galicia