Three dead and 16 missing as tourist boat crashes and sinks in Budapest

Three people have died and 16 are missing after a sightseeing boat collided with another vessel and sank this evening.

The boat, carrying 32 passengers and two crew members, hit another in the Danube River in downtown Budapest, state television said.

Citing a statement from the Interior Ministry, state TV said one person was successfully revived after being rescued.

It said many of those on board were Asian tourists.

Searchers at the scene near Hungary’s parliament included a fire boat, while other boats docked on the river banks shined spotlights onto the river in a heavy rain.

The news website said the person rescued was found near the Petofi Bridge, which is about two miles south of Parliament.

The boat that sank was identified as the ‘Hableany’ (Mermaid), which is described on the sightseeing company’s website as ‘one of the smallest members of the fleet’.

It has two decks and a capacity for 60 people, or 45 for sightseeing cruises.

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