Budapest boat tragedy: Have Europe's waterways become too crowded?

Popularity can be a gift but, as last night’s Budapest boat tragedy makes abundantly clear, it can also be a nightmare of the highest order when it comes to tourism.

Rescue divers are currently making a last-ditch attempt to locate survivors after the 89ft Hableany (“Mermaid”), a small sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew members, sank in seven seconds following a collision with the 442ft Viking river ship Sigyn during a rainstorm near the Margit bridge on the Danube – leaving at least seven people dead and a further 21 missing for whom hope is fast fading.

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