(WPRI) — After a sightseeing boat and Viking cruise ship collided Wednesday on the Danube River in Hungary, a Swansea woman traveling with family on the larger cruise ship said they feel awful for the victims.
The sightseeing boat sank, and by Thursday morning, seven people were confirmed dead by Hungarian officials.
Seven others were rescued; twenty-one other people remain missing.
The captain of the cruise ship was later detained.
All the tourists on the smaller boat were visiting from South Korea.
Denise Hingorany talked with Eyewitness News on Thursday by phone from the ship, the Viking River Cruise ship Sigyn. She, her sister and their husbands are on a week-long cruise.
The weather Wednesday night was somewhat rough, according to Hingorany, and the collision happened during a downpour, though no one in her group felt the impact.
As the ship was preparing to leave Budapest about 9 p.m., lots of passengers on the Sigyn went to decks and balconies to watch the city lights, Denise said — though not many went to the top deck due to the rain.
One couple did, though, and saw the impact for themselves.
“About four or five people went floating by,” they told Hingorany and other passengers. “They said, ‘Please help us!'”
The current of the Danube was running fast, Hingorany had noted before the collision.
But after the impact, the boat stopped abruptly.
By about 4:30 a.m. Thursday, the cruise ship was docked about a mile from the site of the incident, Hingorany said, while authorities interviewed the captain. Boat passengers were also woken up to be interviewed, and investigators asked them to share any photos they had of the incident.
The trip will likely have to skip one of their stops, she added.