At least seven dead after tourist boat capsizes and sinks in Budapest

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AT least seven people are reported dead and several others are missing after a tourist boat capsized in Budapest tonight.

The double-decker boat was moored near the Hungarian parliament building and reportedly was hit by another tourist vessel, then turned over on the river.

Hundreds of rescue workers try to help at the bank of Danube River in Budapest city centre
Hundreds of rescue workers try to help at the bank of Danube River in Budapest city centre
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Rescuers scramble to the jetty after the boat turned over
Rescuers scramble to the jetty after the boat turned over
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It then began flooding as strong currents pushed water inside. A severe rainstorm has also been lashing the city.

State television said there were 32 tourists and two crew on board.

Fourteen people have been lifted from the river so far, seven of them dead, state TV reported.

Those killed were reportedly from South Korea.

A police spokeswoman and the disaster units spokesman could not immediately comment.

The news web site Index.hu cited the boat’s owner as reporting that the boat, called Mermaid, had sunk.

A rescue boat is seen on the Danube rver after tourist boat capsized in Budapest
A rescue boat is seen on the Danube rver after tourist boat capsized in Budapest
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A victim's body is covered by a black plastic at Danube River close to the National Theatre
A victim’s body is covered by a black plastic at Danube River close to the National Theatre
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A major rescue is underway tonight after the river boat tipped over
A major rescue is underway tonight after the river boat tipped over
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Budapest police have closed the bank of the Danube where the boat capsized
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Budapest police have closed the bank of the Danube where the boat capsized[/caption]


Rescue efforts were under way with more than a dozen vehicles visible several hundred metres downstream from the site of the accident.

Eighteen people were accounted for, with three dead and sixteen missing, state media reported, citing authorities.

At least one tourist had to be revived, the National Ambulance Service told state news agency MTI.

An undated file photo of the boat Hableany in River Danube with the Parliament building in the background
An undated file photo of the boat Hableany in River Danube with the Parliament building in the background
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