Gigantic canyon rock slide hits tourist boats, killing at least 5 people (VIDEOS) — Analysis

Surprising footage confirmed screaming vacationers crushed beneath the huge pillar of rock

No less than 20 folks went lacking after a collapsing cliffside within the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais crushed three vacationer boats on the river beneath, killing 5 folks and injuring others. The navy is investigating the tragedy.

The rockslide occurred at round noon on Saturday, in a canyon alongside Furnas Lake close to the town of Capitolo, Minas Gerais. Disturbing movies confirmed a bathe of smaller rocks falling from the cliff, earlier than an infinite sheet of rock separated from the cliff face and collapsed straight onto a number of boatloads of vacationers within the water beneath.


Footage shot from a close-by vessel confirmed its passengers desperately attempting to warn boats nearer to the cliff for practically a minute earlier than the ultimate collapse.

5 folks had been killed within the collapse and 9 extra had been severely injured, in keeping with the native emergency officers chatting with media. Some 23 others bought away with gentle accidents and had been later discharged from hospital.

The Brazilian Navy has deployed search and rescue groups to the scene, and is now investigating the reason for the rockslide. In a press release, Minas Gerais Governor Romeu Zema blamed “heavy rains, which brought on the loosening of a wall of rocks.”

“The rescue work remains to be in progress,” Zema said, including: “I stand in solidarity with the households at this troublesome time.”

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