Budapest: Tourist boat capsized on the Danube

At least three people died and sixteen were missing after a tourist boat capsized on the Danube in the Hungarian capital on Wednesday with dozens of people aboard, and a rescue effort was underway, state news agency MTI and other media reported.

The boat was reportedly hit by another tourist vessel near the Hungarian parliament building, then turned over on the river, which has been flooding, with very strong currents, while a rainstorm enveloped Budapest.

News web site cited the boat’s owner as saying the boat – the Mermaid – had sunk. Reuters could not immediately verify the information about the victims.

MTI said the boat carried 34 people – mostly Asian tourists plus crew. State television said there were 32 tourists and two crew on board.