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Hungary: Police confirm tourist boat capsized immediately after Danube crash02:02

Hungary: Police confirm tourist boat capsized immediately after Danube crash

Hungary, Budapest
May 30, 2019 at 17:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hungarian police spokesman Adrian Pal said the tourist boat which capsized on Wednesday evening sank immediately after it collided with another vessel, while speaking at a press conference in Budapest on Thursday.

"A call arrived at 21:15 to the activity control centre [warning] that two ships at the height of Margaret Bridge collided. One turned on one side and sank, [with] people falling into water. My colleagues arrived at the scene at 21:29 PM, beginning the primary measures with a boat", he stated.

The spokesperson added that fifteen ships and around 200 people are at the scene at the moment, working in a rescue operation despite unfavourable weather conditions while the water level in the Danube is rising.

The 'Mermaid' boat, which was reportedly carrying 33 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew members, hit a river cruise ship, the Viking Sigyn, near the Hungarian parliament building before it capsized and sank on the river, which has been swollen by recent heavy rains.

Alongside Pal, firefighters colonel Zsolt Palotai said a team of divers is preparing to dive into the river in an attempt to reach the shipwreck and assess its state, ahead of lifting it to the surface.

Authorities were not able to say if there could be still bodies inside the wreckage, while 21 people are still missing after the boat sank on Wednesday evening.

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Hungarian police spokesman Adrian Pal said the tourist boat which capsized on Wednesday evening sank immediately after it collided with another vessel, while speaking at a press conference in Budapest on Thursday.

"A call arrived at 21:15 to the activity control centre [warning] that two ships at the height of Margaret Bridge collided. One turned on one side and sank, [with] people falling into water. My colleagues arrived at the scene at 21:29 PM, beginning the primary measures with a boat", he stated.

The spokesperson added that fifteen ships and around 200 people are at the scene at the moment, working in a rescue operation despite unfavourable weather conditions while the water level in the Danube is rising.

The 'Mermaid' boat, which was reportedly carrying 33 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew members, hit a river cruise ship, the Viking Sigyn, near the Hungarian parliament building before it capsized and sank on the river, which has been swollen by recent heavy rains.

Alongside Pal, firefighters colonel Zsolt Palotai said a team of divers is preparing to dive into the river in an attempt to reach the shipwreck and assess its state, ahead of lifting it to the surface.

Authorities were not able to say if there could be still bodies inside the wreckage, while 21 people are still missing after the boat sank on Wednesday evening.

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