6 dead and 31 missing after Colombian tourist boat capsizes

"Nobody really knows what happened," said Colombia's President, Juan Manuel Santos after arriving at the Guatape reservoir in the country's northwest.  Earlier in the evening, a tourist boat capsized with 160 passengers on board.  Santos said that 122 people were either rescued or found their way to shore.  He said that six people died, and another 31 were missing.

Rescuers including firefighters from nearby cities and air force pilots were searching for survivors at the reservoir, near the city of Medellin, where the El Almirante sank. A flotilla of recreational boats and jet skis rushed to the scene, pulling people from the boat as it went down and avoiding an even deadlier tragedy.

While briefing the press, Santos added that naval officials were brought in to carry out an investigation.

Earlier, Margarita Moncada, the head of the disaster response agency in Antioquia state, had said that according to a preliminary nine people had been killed and around 28 were missing. The discrepancies in the number of fatalities could not be immediately reconciled.

General Jorge Nieto told Blu Radio on Sunday that authorities are still in the process of identifying the victims.