Disaster. Seven people died after a rock face in a canyon collapsed. It collapsed on three boats with about 15 tourists on Lake Furnas, in the city of Capitolio, a tourist region of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, located 290 kilometers from its capital Belo Horizonte.
URGENTE!!! Pedras se soltam de cânion em Capitólio, em Minas, e atingem três lanchas. pic.twitter.com/784wN6HbFy
— O Tempo (@otempo) January 8, 2022
The local fire department reported that a deceased person was rescued from the waters and that several of its troops are working in the search for more victims in Lake Furnas, one of the tourist attractions in the area.
The detachment of a part of the barrel was filmed by another tourist and shows how a rocky wall impacts on the three boats. The canyon is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state of Minas Gerais, which explains the number of tourists who were there at the time of the collapse.
According to information from the fire department, seven people were transferred to the emergency room in São José da Barra (MG), a municipality located 45.5 kilometers from the site of the collapse. Three of them arrived immobilized, but conscious, at the health unit. The others have less serious injuries.
According to the testimony of Pedro Aihara, spokesman for the fire department, at least a speedboat was hit directly by the rock that fell off.
“People were thrown by the flow of water, some were rescued by boats in the vicinity,” Aihara said in an interview with GloboNews, adding: “If they had not brought the life jacket, they could be in a more serious situation.”
On the other hand, the fire chief expressed his concern since, according to what he considered, “What aggravates the situation is the way the rock falls, perpendicularly”.
And he detailed: “When it has this type of rupture, it comes out in the form of slices, it slides through the structure and falls diagonally or standing up,” he analyzed.
The state of Minas Gerais had suffered heavy rains throughout the day, so Aihara’s team was working throughout the day.
After the viralization of the first video, new images began to appear showing how the nearby boats alerted by the detachment of small pieces of rock, just seconds before the collapse of the wall on the affected boats. Also the rescue tasks of the Civil Defense boats, transferring the wounded.
News in development.