Seven South Korean tourists have died and at least 19 more are missing after a boat capsized on the Danube River in Hungary’s capital, Budapest.
Thirty tourists and three tour guides, as well two Hungarian crew members, were on the boat when it was hit by another vessel while moored.
Seven people have been rescued, and a massive search operation is continuing on a river swollen by heavy rainfall, leading to strong currents on the Danube, a popular draw for tourists.
South Korea’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed that seven of its citizens have died and 19 are missing.
It said the Government would send a team of officials to Hungary, adding that counselling would be made available to victims’ families.
Emergency crews have discovered the wreckage of the boat on the riverbed after searching for several hours near the city’s Margaret Bridge, local media said.
Rescue teams warned that, as more time passed, the strong currents would carry people further downstream, lessening the chances of finding survivors.
Boat traffic has been halted on the Danube South of Budapest, Reuters News Agency reported.
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