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Sightseeing boat sinks at Budapest's Danube River; at least 7 confirmed dead



South Korean passengers and two crew members collided with another vessel and sank into the Danube River in downtown Budapest.

Rescue officials said seven bodies had been recovered. Pal Gyorfi, spokesman for the National Ambulance Service, said the seven people were rescued and hospitalized following the accident Wednesday night.

National police spokesman Kristof Gal said thirty-three South Koreans were on the boat, after early reports mentioned 32. South Korea's foreign ministry later confirmed that it was missing

 A rescue boat searching for victims Wednesday night. (Zsolt Szigetvary / MTI via AP)

A rescue boat searching for victims Wednesday night. (Zsolt Szigetvary / MTI via AP)
      

The sunken boat was located near the Margit Bridge, not far from the Neo-Gothic Parliament building on the river bank.

Employees from the South Korean Embassy

 The boat, called the "Hableany" or Mermaid, in the Danube River, was an undated photo. (Zoltan Mihadak / MTI via AP, File)

The boat, called the "Hableany" or Mermaid, in the Danube River in an undated photo. (Zoltan Mihadak / MTI via AP, File)
      

Officials said they were checking the Danube for miles downriver from Budapest.

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Earlier, the news website Index.hu said one of the people

Dozens of rescue personnel, including military and divers, were involved in the search.

 Rescuers and police officers at the scene from a landing dock in Budapest. (Zsolt Szigetvary / MTI via AP)

Rescuers and police officers looking at the scene from a dock in Budapest. (Zsolt Szigetvary / MTI via AP)
      

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The boat that sank was identified as the "Hableany" (Mermaid), which is "one of the smallest members." of the fleet. "

Mihaly Toth, a spokesman for the Panorama Deck Boating company, said the "Hableany" was on a "routine city sightseeing trip" when the accident happened , He said there was no information about any technical problems with the boat, which he said was serviced regularly.


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