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Colombia Boat Accident

Police ride on a boat at the Penol-Guatape reservoir as the search for the people believed to be missing continues after a tourist boat sank on Sunday, in Guatape, Colombia June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Fredy Builes


Rescue workers searched on Monday for as many as 16 people believed to be missing after a tourist boat sank the previous day in a reservoir in north-central Colombia, killing six people.

The cause of the accident was still unclear, officials said. Use of the Penol-Guatape reservoir, a popular site for water-sports and tours, was restricted as the search continued.

The boat, El Almirante, was carrying 170 passengers and three crew members, said Margarita Moncada, the head of disaster relief for Antioquia province.

Authorities had so far tallied 134 people rescued, six dead and 15 or 16 missing, Moncada told reporters, adding that they hoped the number of people rescued would continue to rise. Authorities were also unsure if all the people reported to be on the boat had actually been on board, she added.

Officials initially reported nine people dead and 28 missing, but Moncada said some survivors rescued by private boats were taken to different docks on the reservoir shore and so were not immediately accounted for.

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