Update: The head of the disaster response agency in Colombia’s Antioquia state says that nine people are dead and around 28 missing after a multi-story tourist boat capsized near the city of Medellin.
Margarita Moncada said that 99 people were rescued immediately and another 40 managed to find shore on their own and were in good health.
A rescue operation was underway in the Guatape reservoir where the accident took place on Sunday. Medellin’s mayor said firefighters and scuba divers were heading to the town. A flotilla of recreational boats rushed to the scene to pull people from the vessel.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Authorities in Colombia say a rescue operation is underway after a recreational boat with about 150 people on board sank near Medellin.
The air force said on Twitter that it was sending a helicopter to the Guatape reservoir while Medellin’s mayor said firefighters and scuba divers were heading to the town.
Videos circulating on social media show a multi-story ferry sinking as a number of other recreational vehicles rushed to the distressed boat.
Authorities did not immediately say how many people had been rescued or were missing.