Twelve dead, including seven minors, due to shipwrecks in Colombia
At least twelve people died, including seven minors, after the wreck of two boats in the Colombian municipality of Tumaco, on the border with Ecuador, local authorities reported this Sunday.
"We have learned that two boats have capsized and 35 people have been rescued alive. Ten adults and three children are currently in hospitals," Rear Admiral José David Espitia of the National Navy told the press.
"We have a consolidated at this time of 12 people (deceased), among them seven minors and five adults," said María Emilsen Angulo, mayor of Tumaco, a municipality located in the Pacific of Colombia.
The deceased minors were between 3 and 16 years old, he said.
And "there is a high probability that there are still more dead bodies," Angulo added.
The accident occurred on Saturday afternoon, when the boats were sailing between Tumaco and the town of San José del Guayabo, in the department of Nariño.
Details on how the shipwreck occurred are under investigation.