Rock wall falls on boaters on Brazilian lake, killing 6

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A tourist boat navigates through a canyon in Furnas Lake, near Capitolio City, Brazil, Sept. 2, 2021. A massive slab of rock broke away on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, from the canyon wall and and toppled onto pleasure boaters killing at least two people and injuring dozens at the popular tourist destination in Minas Gerais state. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A towering slab of rock broke off a cliff Saturday and toppled onto pleasure boaters drifting near a waterfall on a Brazilian lake.

Local officials said at least six people were killed and 32 injured. As many are 20 others were reported missing.

Video images show a gathering of small boats moving slowly near the sheer rock cliff on Furnas Lake. Then, a fissure appears in the cliff and a huge piece topples onto at least two of the vessels.

The press office of Minas Gerais state told the Associated Press that the fire department deployed divers and helicopters to help.

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