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.
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.
Budapest police have closed the bank of the Danube where the boat capsized[/caption]
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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.
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