7 South Koreans killed, 19 missing in Hungary boat sinking

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is briefed by Ambassador to Hungary Choe Kyoo-sik on the ship sinking in Budapest that left seven South Koreans killed and 19 others missing during a teleconference at the ministry on May 30, 2019. (Yonhap). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

SEOUL, May 31, 2019, Yonhap. Seven South Koreans died and 19 others went missing after a tourist boat carrying them capsized in a river in the capital of Hungary late Wednesday (local time), the foreign ministry said, reported the Yonhap.

A total of 33 Koreans and two Hungarian crew members were on the sightseeing boat amid heavy rain, when their ship collided with a larger cruise boat and sank in the Danube River in downtown Budapest at around 9 p.m., the ministry said.

Seven people have been rescued and moved to hospitals, where they were reported to be in a stable condition. A foreign ministry official said later that of the survivors, four left hospital after treatment.

Of the dead, two have been indentified, he said, adding that the government is pushing to dispatch a team of fingerprint experts to the scene to help identify the rest of the victims.

A search is under way for the 19 missing South Koreans and the two Hungarian crew members.

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