A new report released by police on Sunday says at least ten people have been killed Saturday after a rock fell on a boat carrying tourists on a lake in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
In this case, the deaths of “ten people” have been confirmed, Marcos de Sousa Pimenta, a regional police officer in Paso, told reporters. According to the initial elements of the investigation, the victims were Brazilians aged 14 to 68. The last two missing persons were found dead by emergency services on Sunday. The body of a third person who went missing was found by firefighters on Saturday.
At noon on Saturday, a large rock broke off its wall and fell on three boats at Furnace Lake, a popular site for its spectacular parade of green water and rock walls.
In the dramatic scenes shared on social media, it was possible to see the exact moment when the rocks fell off and fell on the three boats, causing panic among the passengers who saw the scene on the other boats.
In other posts, shortly before the tragedy, we see people warning that “a lot of stones are falling” and calling those on the boat to leave the wall.
Heavy rain was involved
President Jair Bolzano shared some of these videos on social media, praising the work of the Brazilian Navy, which came to the site “after the catastrophic disaster” and worked to “rescue the victims and transport the wounded.”
Of the injured, nine have been admitted to hospital and firefighters with various equipment and divers intervened at the scene.
Firefighters said heavy rains in recent days in southeastern Brazil were in favor of the crash.
The Capitolio area, 300 kilometers from the capital Belo Horizonte, attracts many tourists with its rocky faces, its valley and the waterfalls surrounding Lake Furnace, created by the reservoir of the same name.