Ten people have been killed after a rock fell on a tourist boat off a lake in Brazil, officials said Sunday after finding the bodies of two missing people. On Saturday, a large piece of rock was released from a ravine and landed on four boats in Lake Fernسs in the eastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, while frightened tourists watched helplessly from other ships.
Dramatic videos shared on social networks captured the moment the mountain fell.
Civilian Commissioner Marcos de Souza Pementa told reporters that the bodies of the two missing people were found by rescue workers on Sunday.
More than 30 people were injured, including nine who had to be hospitalized, officials said.
The death toll on Saturday was actually seven, with three people missing.
According to rescuers, the 10 dead were part of a group of family and friends aboard the boat who suffered the most damage from the rock fall.
According to the preliminary investigation, all the victims were Brazilian citizens between the ages of 14 and 68.
Tourists come to see the rocks, caves and waterfalls that surround the green waters of Lake Furnace, a hydroelectric dam of the same name.
A video shared on social media showed a minute before the incident, in which several people warned that “a lot of rocks were falling” and shouted at the occupants of other boats to get away from the rock. Are
President Jair Bolsonaro Retweeted some of these videos. On his account, he said, “As soon as the disaster struck, the Brazilian navy rushed to the scene to rescue the victims and evacuate the wounded.”
In a ___ StatementBolsonaro said officials would “investigate the causes and circumstances” of the fatal incident.
A diving team had to stop searching overnight for security reasons, but other rescue workers continued to work. The divers resumed their search on Sunday.
According to firefighters, heavy rains have fallen in southeastern Brazil in recent days, possibly causing landslides. Reuters reported that on Saturday, a deck was washed away in an iron mine 300 km east.
Tiago Antonelli, head of the applied geology division of the Brazilian Geological Service, told the Associated Press that the rock wall has been eroded for centuries and is sensitive to rain, heat and cold.
“It’s normal to be in many valleys, even with rocks of this size,” said Antonelli. Starting to register with the phone, “said Antonelli.
Eduardo Blues, a geographer at Fluminense Federal University, told AFP that rocks fall in the area, where natural erosion continues, most likely in the rainy months of December and January.
To avoid future accidents, he said, tourists would be advised to stay away from rocks during the rainy season.