Brazil cliff collapse kills at least seven

Brazil cliff collapse kills at least seven
Firefighters of Minas Gerais state search for victims after a wall of rock collapsed on top of motor boats below a waterfall in Capitolio, in Minas Gerais state, Brazil January 8, 2022.

At least seven people were killed and three were missing after a cliff collapsed onto boats carrying tourists on a lake in Brazil, authorities said Saturday.

Rescue teams including a dive squad and members of the Brazilian Navy rushed to Furnas Lake in Minas Gerais state, where panicked tourists had watched helplessly as a large rock fragment broke off a ravine and plunged atop three boats.

The latest official toll is “seven dead and three missing,” Minas Gerais firefighters’ spokesman Pedro Aihara said on Saturday night. Another 32 were wounded, including nine who had to be hospitalized, authorities said. 

Firefighters had initially reported 20 missing, but “that number was substantially reduced because a good part of the victims…

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