A shocking moment The Brazilian canyon crashed into ships, killing at least five people, injuring nine and 20 missing.
- Part of the Brazilian canyon fell to the top of two tourist boats and the wreckage flew to other vessels at a popular tourist spot on Saturday
- At least five have been killed, nine have been injured and 20 are reportedly missing
At least five people died and nine were seriously injured after part of the canyon collapsed on Saturday afternoon on tourist boats at a popular lookout point in southeastern Brazil.
The dramatic footage captured the moment when a huge piece of rock wall breaks out of the canyon and begins to slowly fall forward to the top of two tourist boats.
Passengers can be heard screaming as the reef hits one of the boats, engulfs the other nearby ship, and sends waves and debris flying to the other vessels orbiting the area.
Authorities said at least 32 had been taken to hospital and nine were still recovering from serious injuries.
The shocking video captured the moment when the cliff crashed into two tourist boats
The crash engulfed two tourist boats and sent wreckage to other nearby boats
The collapse occurred at a picturesque waterfall in a canyon near the popular tourist village of Capitolio in southeastern Brazil.
A video from other ships revealed that tourist ships were worried about the cliff and urged other ships to get away shortly before the tragedy.
Passengers could be heard shouting at the others to get away, and their pleas grew louder as the stones began to bounce and fall off the cliff.
Rovilson Teixeira, an experienced ship operator, told the local press that he expected more victims to be found. He added that he had never seen anything like it in the area.
“We are all amazed, no one knows how many victims, but I can already say that it was not just one or two deaths, but many dead. There are a lot of wounded.
“The place is full of ambulances from across the region who have come to deal with the victims, but no one has yet been able to handle the scale of the tragedy.”
The collapse, described as “domino”, is thought to have been caused by excessive rain. Earlier that day, authorities warned locals to avoid waterfalls in an area that could be vulnerable to large volumes of water.
Tourist boats warned each other of the danger on the cliff as the stones began to fall off. The two ships were still close to the cliff as he descended
The collapse occurred near a picturesque waterfall as tourist boats passed through
Lieutenant Pedro Aihara, a spokesman for the local fire brigade, said rock collapse in the region was normal – but not on this scale or trajectory.
“Normally, that piece of rock slides off where it is,” he told the UOL news portal. “This time the structure fell like a domino and what hit the people was the top in a vertical track.”
According to local reports, two of the victims still have fractures detected in the hospital, four minor injuries and three are in serious condition.
The Brazilian Navy has launched an investigation into the causes of the tragedy.