Six dead and 31 missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia

By 26th June 2017 0 Comments


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A flotilla of boats and the air force went to the aid of vessel that sank with about 150 people on board in Peňol-Guatapé reservoir.
At least six people have died and 31 people are missing after a tourist boat carrying about 150 people sank in a reservoir in north-west Colombia, near the city of Medellín.

There was confusion over the death toll after Margarita Moncada, a local rescue official, confirmed nine had died in the accident on the Guatapé-El Peñol reservoir.
Later Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos arrived on the scene and said 122 people were either rescued or found their way to shore. Six had died and another 31 were missing, he said. The discrepancies in the number of fatalities could not be immediately reconciled.

The injured were being treated in the local hospital. Colombian air force helicopters were dispatched and stood ready to evacuate the most seriously wounded.
Videos circulating on social media showed panicked passengers running to the top deck of the multi-storey ferry as it sank. Other recreational vessels rushed to the distressed boat, which was reportedly loaded to capacity as holidaymakers took advantage of a long weekend.
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