January 17, 2022

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At least 10 people died in a shocking collapse of a canyon on boats with tourists in Brazil

At least 10 people died in a shocking collapse of a canyon on boats with tourists in Brazil

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  • BBC News World

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At least ten people were killed and 30 others injured Saturday after an accident of a tourist speed boat between lake valleys in the Brazilian town of Capitolio in the (southeast) state of Minas Gerais.

The information was updated by the fire department on Sunday.

Four boats were hit by a large fragment of rocks that crossed the valley and fell. Two of those boats were directly hit and sank in the accident.

At least two of the confirmed deaths were men, Lieutenant Pedro Ihara, a spokesman for the Minas Gerais fire department, said in a video tape sent to the press, although until that moment their identities had not been established.

According to Aihara, identification of the victims was complicated by the severity of the injuries to the victims’ bodies.

In videos shared on social networks, you can see the dramatic moment when the valley erupts.

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This screenshot from a video posted to Twitter shows the moment the rocks broke apart.

Fourteen people were rescued alive from one ship and 10 from the other.

The other two boats suffered from indirect effects. From one of them, 10 passengers were saved alive, and from the fourth boat 8 people.

Firefighters said 23 people received medical attention after the accident and were discharged from hospital. Two were hospitalized, with exposed fractures.