6 killed when rock wall collapses on tourist boats on Lake Minas Gerais in Brazil | Univision News Events
“We have seven confirmed deaths so far,” a spokesman for firefighters said Mines GeneralIn the video recorded on, Pedro Aihara Social Websites Saturday night.
According to Alhara, All of the dead traveled in the boat “Jesus”.
The search is halted at night for safety.
The big rock wall collapsed Of the four boats in total, two were due to immediate flooding And two that met with direct success. 24 of them were rescued alive.
Earlier in the day, Minas Gerais fire chief Edgard Estevo told a news conference that dozens had been injured.
The incident happened at noon today Saturday when a large piece of rock wall separated itself from a valley and fell on at least two boats that were cruising through the Furnace Lake, a tourist area of Minas Gerais.
Dramatic videos show the moment of fall
In dramatic videos shared on social media To the panic of the passengers watching from the other boats, you can see the moment when the rock wall collapses and falls on the boats.
Another record shows the minute before the fall, In it, many noticed “a lot of stones falling” and asked to leave the area.
At least 32 people were injured, nine of them hospitalized, according to firefighters.. Divers and rescue teams are continuing operations at the scene.
Estevo said the number of missing persons was calculated based on “information from witnesses, travel agents and relatives”.
The Capitolio area attracts many tourists with its rocky walls and waterfalls surrounding the green waters of Lake Furnace.
Lake Furnace was created in 1958 to establish a hydroelectric station, and is a popular tourist attraction in the area. It is about 420 kilometers (260 miles) north of Sao Paulo.
Officials at Capitolio, which has a population of about 8,400, promise about 5,000 visitors a weekend and up to 30,000 during the holidays.
Experts pointed out that the landslide may have been related to flooding in the state and forced nearly 17,000 people to evacuate their homes.