Posted on May 30, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Several dead and dozens missing following a collision between two vessels in the Danube river in the evening of May the 29th.
The incident occurred in Budapest, Hungary, at approximately 10:00 pm local time.
The pleasure boat, Hablenay (Hungarian for Mermaid) was carrying a group of South Korean tourists when it collided with a larger vessel.
Initial reports suggest that the vessel might have been hit from behind but this has yet to be confirmed by the Hungarian authorities.
As a result of the collision, the Hablenay capsized, putting the lives of everyone on board in jeopardy.
There were thirty South Korean tourists, three tour guides and two Hungarian crew members onboard at the time of the accident.
Emergency crews immediately mobilized and managed to rescue 7 individuals. Unfortunately, however, 8 people were found dead and 20 more are still considered missing.
The search & rescue operation is being hampered by Danube’s flooding; a by-product of unusually strong rainstorms that have occurred in the area over the last few weeks, leading to very strong currents that make it hard to navigate.
“I am not inclined to say there is no hope, so I would rather say there is a minimal chance (to find more survivors).
“This is not just because of the water temperature, but the strong currents in the river, the vapour above the water surface, as well as the clothes worn by the people who fell in.
“The search is underway, and we are still on the banks of the Danube river, but chances are minimal,” said Pal Gyorfi, a spokesman for the Hungarian national ambulance service, in a statement to the press.
Local Hungarian authorities have launched an investigation into the incident, as to find out who is responsible for the collision.
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