At least six people were killed, 32 others were injured and 20 are missing after a massive rock fell on top of three tourist boats in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on Saturday, state fire department officials said, according to Brazilian state media Agência Brasil.
A video posted online by local news outlet O Tempo shows the moment the giant boulder collapses on top of the boats. The rock was loosened at Furnas Lake in Capitólio due to heavy rains, CNN reported, citing a statement from Romeu Zema, the governor of Minas Gerais, a landlocked state in southeastern Brazil.
“I stand in solidarity with the families at this difficult time,” Zema wrote on Twitter. “We will continue to act to provide the necessary protection and support.”
According to the report, nine people were taken to nearby hospitals while authorities investigate the incident.
In the footage, several tourists can be heard shouting “get out of there” right before the rock fell.
URGENTE!!! Pedras se soltam de cânion em Capitólio, em Minas, e atingem três lanchas. pic.twitter.com/784wN6HbFy
— O Tempo (@otempo) January 8, 2022