7 South Koreans killed, 19 missing in Hungary cruise sinking: foreign ministry

epa07631228 Members of the rescue team lift a buoy into their motorboat on River Danube next to Margaret Bridge, the scene of a boat accident, in Budapest, Hungary, 06 June 2019. A sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Korean tourists was crashed by a large river cruise ship and sank in River Danube at a pier of Margaret Bridge on May 29, killing at least fifteen tourists. Seven tourists were injured, 11 persons, including the two crew members, went missing.  EPA/Marton Monus   HUNGARY OUT

Seven South Koreans were killed and 19 others went missing after a tourist boat sank in Hungary’s Danube River, the foreign ministry here said Thursday. A total of 33 Koreans and two Hungarian crew members were aboard the cruise when it collided with another vessel and sank in the river in Budapest at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday (local time), the ministry said. A search is underway for the 19 missing people, the ministry said. Strong currents due to heavy rainfall are apparently making the rescue operations difficult, foreign news reports said. The South Korean Embassy in Hungary has set up a team for the rescue and other consular efforts, and is closely coordinating with the local authorities, the ministry said.

(Yonhap)

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