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A rescue boat is seen on the Danube river after tourist boat capsized in Budapest, Hungary, May 29, 2019. Image Credit: Reuters

Seoul: Seven South Korean tourists were killed and 19 missing after a pleasure boat capsized on the Danube in the Hungarian capital Budapest, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

A total of 33 South Koreans were onboard and seven have been rescued, with a rescue operation underway for the missing 19, it said, adding the boat capsized after a collusion Wednesday with a cruise ship, without elaborating further.

The accident happened near the iconic parliament building in the heart of the city, local TV reported.

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in had instructed officials to “deploy all available resources” for the rescue, the presidential office said.