Dozens Of People Still Missing After Tourist Boat Carrying 160 People Sank In Colombia – BuzzFeed News

It is not clear what caused the boat to suddenly sink. The ferry was the only vessel involved in the accident, government officials said. Survivors told local media that the boat seemed to be overloaded, and that many of the passengers had not been wearing life vests.

“It sank extremely quickly. It all happened in a few minutes,” said Luis Bernardo Morales, a fire service captain helping coordinate the rescue operation.

“What we have seen in the videos is that the boat was very close to the port,” Morales said, “and we do not know whether it was a mechanical failure, an overloading or something to do with the currents that caused it to sink.”

Gonzalo Reyes, a musician who had been onboard the boat, told Colombia’s Blu Radio that he had been singing on the third floor when he heard a loud bang and the boat turned to the left side.

“That boat was not distributed to accommodate so many people,” Reyes told the news station. “I think there was overcrowding.” He also noted that members of the crew had not been wearing life vests.

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