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At least 10 people were killed Saturday when a block of rock fell on boats sailing in a tourist lake in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, according to a new toll announced by the police on Sunday.
Marcos de Souza Pimenta, in charge of the police, told the press that 10 people had been confirmed dead so far.
The ages of the victims, who are Brazilians, ranged between 14 and 68 years. On Sunday, emergency services found the bodies of the last two people who were still missing. On Saturday, firefighters found the body of a third missing person.
A previous toll indicated that there were seven dead and three missing, in addition to 32 wounded.
Firefighters said the number of missing was initially estimated on the basis of testimonies and based on tourism agencies and relatives of the victims.
At midday Saturday, a large boulder broke off and fell onto three boats sailing in Lake Furnas, known for its green waters and picturesque rock walls.
Pictures on social media showed the moment the rocky block separated and fell on the three boats, causing panic among passengers who were watching what was happening on other boats.
In other footage, just before the tragedy, people are shown warning that “a lot of stones are falling” and calling on boat passengers to stay away from the rock wall.
President Jair Bolsonaro shared some of these videos on social media, praising the work of the Brazilian Navy, which moved “as soon as the unfortunate disaster occurred” to the site and worked to “rescue the victims and transport the wounded”.
Among the wounded, nine were taken to hospitals, according to the firefighters, who immediately intervened with various equipment and a group of divers.
Firefighters attributed this incident to heavy rains in recent days in southeastern Brazil.
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