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2 dead and 5 missing after boat collision on Danube in Hungary

Budapest, Hungary — Police say two people are dead and five are missing following a collision with a boat on the Danube River in Hungary.

Hungarian police received a report on Saturday evening that a man had been found bleeding from the head on the banks of the Danube near the town of Veroce, about 50 kilometers north of the capital, Budapest. Police determined the man had been involved in a boating accident and the bodies of a man and woman were later discovered nearby.

Hours after police began their search, they discovered a damaged boat in the water which they towed to shore. They are still searching for five other people, all adults, who they believe were on the boat.

Police said they determined a hotel boat was in the area at the time of the accident. They stopped a hotel boat near the town of Komarom, more than 80 kilometers upstream, whose hull was damaged.

The fatal accident comes five years after at least 27 people were killed in Budapest when a river cruise boat collided with a smaller tourist boat, sinking it in seconds.

The Hableany tourist boat, carrying 35 people, mostly South Korean tourists, was overtaken from behind by the much larger cruise ship Viking Sigyn under Budapest’s Margit Bridge in May 2019.

The Ukrainian captain of the Viking Sigyn was convicted last year of negligence leading to a fatal mass disaster and sentenced to five years and six months in prison. He appealed the decision.

Police announced on Sunday that they had opened criminal proceedings against an unknown perpetrator, suspected of endangering water transport and causing the death of several people.

ABC News

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