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Two killed, five missing after boats collide on Danube in Hungary

By AFP
May 20, 2024
A general view of Komarom, Hungary on May 19, 2024. — Reuters
A general view of Komarom, Hungary on May 19, 2024. — Reuters

BUDAPEST: Hungarian rescuers searched for survivors on Sunday after a cruise ship and a motorboat collided on the northern Danube leaving two people dead and five others missing, police said.

On Saturday night, a man had been found with a bleeding head near the village of Veroce, 55-kms north of the capital Budapest, police said.

He was suspected of having been involved in a river accident, with police immediately searching the area.

The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered as well as a damaged small motorboat, which was brought to shore.

The motorboat was carrying “eight adults, five of whom -- three men and two women -- are still being actively searched for as missing”, police spokesperson Soma Csecsi told a press conference.

Authorities also said they determined that a cruise ship had been in the area at the time of the accident.