missing persons in addition to the 32 injured “,” text “:” At this point there are five confirmed deaths and an estimated 20 people missing in addition to the 32 injured “}}”>At this point there are five confirmed deaths and an estimated 20 people missing in addition to the 32 injured., said during a press point Colonel Edgard Estevo da Silva, commander of the firefighters of Minas Gerais.
At midday, a large fragment of rock broke away from its wall and fell on three boats sailing on Furnas Lake, a site popular for its green waters and spectacular parade of rock walls.
In dramatic footage shared on social media, the exact moment the rock mass detached and fell on the three boats could be seen, causing panic among passengers watching the scene on other boats.
On other recordings, just before the drama we see people issuing warnings saying that
a lot of stones are falling and calling on the occupants of the boats to move away from the wall.
President Jair Bolsonaro shared some of these videos on social media, praising the work of the Brazilian Navy which,
as soon as the unfortunate catastrophe occurred, visited the site and
works to rescue the victims and transport the injured.
Among the injured, nine were hospitalized, according to the firefighters who intervened on the spot with various equipment and a brigade of divers. The search was to stop at night for security reasons and resume the next day.
The number of missing persons was estimated on the basis of
testimonials, tourism agencies and relatives, clarified Colonel Estevo.
The intense rains that have fallen in recent days in southeastern Brazil have favored the accident, according to firefighters.
The Capitolio region, 300 kilometers from the capital Belo Horizonte, attracts many tourists with its rock faces, its canyon and waterfalls encasing Lake Furnas formed by a hydroelectric reservoir of the same name.