Six dead and 31 missing after sightseer boat sags in Colombia

A flotilla of ships and the u. s. air force went to the aid of boat that sink with about 150 beings on board in Peol-Guatap reservoir

At least six parties have died and 31 beings are missing after a sightseer boat carrying about 150 parties sank in a pool in north-west Colombia, near the city of Medelln.

There was disarray over the deaths after Margarita Moncada, a local save official, approved nine had died in the incident on the Guatap-El Peol reservoir.

Later Colombias president Juan Manuel Santos arrived on the panorama and articulated 122 people were either rescued or noted their mode to shore. Six had died and the other 31 were missing, he mentioned. The incompatibilities in the number of members of fatalities could not be instantly reconciled.

The disabled were being treated in the neighbourhood hospital. Colombian air force helicopters were completed and stood be prepared to evacuate the most seriously wounded.

Videos circulating on social media pictured panicked fares extending to the top deck of the multi-storey ferry as it subside. Other recreational jugs hastened to the disturbed craft, which was reportedly loaded to capacity as holidaymakers took advantage of a long weekend.

FuerzaAreaColombian (@ FuerzaAereaCol)

. @FuerzaAereaCol apoya a esta hora rescate de personas de embarcacin que naufrag en Guatap, Antioquia #FAC f5yowjBcMe

June 25, 2017

Witnesses told the El Tiempo newspaper that the craft, reputation El Almirante the Admiral broke in two and that the captain told all the passengers to move to one side of the vessel.

Rescued passengers said they had not been provided with life vest when they boarded the vessel.

Two inhabitants of Guatap told Blu Radio that the same ship had subsided about three months ago when it was tied at the dock. They cooked it and it prevented wreaking commonly, one of the residents told the radio network.

The city of Medelln and the Colombian Red Cross transmitted save crews to the field. It was uncertain if any foreigners were on the vessel.

Guatap is a popular holiday spot for Colombian and foreign tourists attracted by ocean sports on the reservoir and rock climbing on the El Peol rock face.

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