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6 dead, 31 missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia

6 dead, 31 missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia”

A search and rescue operation is continuing in Colombia for 31 people missing after a tourist boat sank.

Survivors told local media that the boat, called El Almirante, appeared to be overloaded and none of the passengers on board were wearing life vests.

This disaster took place at the El Penol reservoir, 68 kilometres from the city of Medellin.

Boaties head out to help after a ferry carrying holiday-makers capsizes in a reservoir near the city of Medellin.

6 people died in the incident while 122 people were rescued or managed to get to shore.

It is not yet clear whether there have been any casualties or where the tourists were from, but videos on social media suggest that a recreational ferry has sunk in the reservoir.

"The Admiral", a four-level vessel, was taking visitors on a tour of the reservoir located 80 km east of Medellin, when it began to tilt sideways, then gradually sink.

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In the absence of a passenger list, authorities have been relying on family numbers and survivors to report their whereabouts.

Survivors told local media the boat appeared to be overloaded and before it went down they heard a loud crunching sound and numerous passengers were not provided with life vests.

The cause of the accident was still unclear, officials said.

"What makes you angry is there are no controls by the government", he said.

A group of 25 scuba divers had to suspend their search overnight due to a lightning storm.

As night fell, the usually festive town was silent as people began to register the magnitude of the loss. The area where the boat sank is popular with tourists and was more packed than normal as it was a long holiday weekend for Colombians.

"All we ask is that they don't give up the search", said Villegas.



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