June 22, 2024

Two Dead, Five Missing After Danube River Boat Collision in Hungary

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – Police say two folks have died and 5 are lacking following a ship collision on the Danube River in Hungary.

Hungarian police acquired a report late Saturday night time {that a} man had been discovered with a head harm on the shore of the Danube close to the city of Veroce, round 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of the capital, Budapest. The our bodies of a person and a girl had been later found close by.

Hours after police started their search, they found a broken boat in the water, which they towed to shore. They are nonetheless looking for 5 adults – three males and two girls – who they consider had been on the boat.

Police mentioned they decided {that a} river cruise boat had been in the realm on the time of the accident. They stopped a cruise boat with a broken hull close to the city of Komarom, greater than 50 miles (80 kilometers) additional upriver.

Hungarian public tv station M1 reported that the cruise boat, Heidelberg, is a 109-meter (357-foot) Swiss craft that may accommodate 110 folks. No passengers on that boat sustained accidents, M1 mentioned.

The Danube at Veroce is roughly 1,500 ft (460 meters) extensive and is in the middle of an space referred to as the Danube Bend the place the river makes a sweeping, almost 90-degree flip to the south. The space is a well-liked leisure and boating vacation spot and is on a route usually utilized by cruise boats between Budapest and the Austrian capital, Vienna, some 140 miles (230 kilometers) upriver.

Damage is seen on the front of the cruise ship which was involved in a Danube River accident earlier in Budapest Hungary, Sunday, May 19, 2024. Police say two people have died and five are missing following a boat collision on the Danube River in Hungary. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

Damage is seen on the entrance of the cruise ship which was concerned in a Danube River accident earlier in Budapest Hungary, Sunday, May 19, 2024. Police say two folks have died and 5 are lacking following a ship collision on the Danube River in Hungary. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

The lethal accident comes 5 years after at the very least 27 folks had been killed in Budapest when a river cruise boat collided with a smaller vacationer vessel, sinking it in seconds.

The vacationer boat Hableany, carrying 35 individuals who had been largely South Korean vacationers, was overtaken from behind by the a lot bigger cruise boat, Viking Sigyn, beneath Budapest’s Margit Bridge, in May 2019.

The Ukrainian captain of the Viking Sigyn was final yr discovered responsible of negligence resulting in a deadly mass disaster and sentenced to 5 years and 6 months in jail. He has appealed the choice.

Police on Sunday mentioned they’ve initiated felony proceedings towards an unknown perpetrator on suspicion of endangering water transport and inflicting the loss of life of a number of folks.

A spokesperson for the Directorate General for Disaster Management instructed Hungarian information company MTI {that a} group of almost 90 folks from a number of regional catastrophe administration businesses had been conducting the seek for the lacking from the land, water and sky.

Twelve boats and three drones are concerned in the search, and two rescue divers are additionally concerned, Imre Doka mentioned.

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