Tourist boat capsizes in Colombia: 6 dead, 31 missing

Posted at 5:43 AM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-26 06:04:26-04

BOGOTA, Colombia — President Juan Manuel Santos has arrived at the Guatape reservoir in Colombia, where a tourist boat capsized. At least six people are dead, another 31 are missing and 122 people were either rescued or found their way to shore, he said.

Police help with the rescue of the shipwreck in Guatape, Colombia. (Twitter/@Policiantioqui)

Rescuers including firefighters from nearby cities and air force pilots were searching for survivors at the reservoir near Medellin where the El Almirante sank with about 160 passengers on board when the ship capsized Sunday.

Earlier, Margarita Moncada, the head of the disaster response agency in Antioquia state, had said that according to a preliminary nine people had been killed and around 28 were missing. The discrepancies in the number of fatalities could not be immediately reconciled.

A flotilla of recreational boats and jet skis rushed to the scene, pulling people from the boat as it went down and avoiding an even deadlier tragedy.

“Nobody really knows what happened,” said Santos, adding that naval officials were brought in to carry out an investigation.