Seven tourists are confirmed dead already, but there are another nineteen Koreans and the two crewmen who are still missing, presumed trapped in the wreckage or swept away by a river swollen by the heavy rain that has been severely hampering the emergency rescue operation. Only Seven South Koreans are known to have survived the disaster.
I was on a Danube river cruise back in 2016…on a ship almost identical to the one which caused the sightseeing barge to capsize. The river this time of year is very crowded with ships, and the currents are fast, especially this year since the water level is so high. But you can see by the video I shot why it’s such a popular place – Budapest is truly one of the most beautiful places in the world. But tragedy can strike anywhere, and this is a very unfortunate series of events to be sure. The captain of the Viking cruise ship has been arrested, and will likely be charged with manslaughter for hitting the smaller boat, although it looks to me by the video that the smaller boat cut in front of the ship.
The reason I was there was to join a cruise with some important American politicians and make a news feature about the migrant crisis in Europe. On that trip I had a chance to talk to Newt Gingrich about the crisis, and what he said is, I think, very applicable to our own migrant crisis we’re seeing today on the US southern border. Take a listen.