A massive rock formation collapsed on top of three boats in Brazil in the city of Capitolia in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on Saturday at Furnas Lake. This is a popular tourist spot roughly 260 miles north of Sao Paulo. At least seven people were killed and dozens injured. Some victims were trapped under the rock. At least one of the boats appears to have sunk, while others managed to escape.It is believed that each boat involved was carrying 12 to 20 people, including children. The people hurt in the accident had broken bones. As many as 20 people may be missing and officials are working to identify them. The Brazilian Navy and local firefighters were deployed to the scene to help the victims. The region was full of ambulances after incident.
In a video posted on Twitter, a large portion of a cliff can be seen crashing into the water. Helicopters and divers were deployed to help with the search and rescue. Rescue efforts stopped late Saturday due to “the lack of natural lighting”. Heavy rains were a factor in the cliff collapse, as the state of Minas Gerais, a landlocked area in southeastern Brazil, has experienced recent heavy rainfal that forced almost 17,000 people out of their homes. “I stand in solidarity with the families at this difficult time,” Romeu Zema, the governor of Minas Gerais, wrote on Twitter. A spokesman for the Brazilian Navy said they are opening an investigation into the accident. Furnas Lake was created in 1958 for the installation of a hydroelectric plant.