Loreto: “In seconds we all fell. Most of them cannot swim and there were children. Some grabbed us from behind, desperate ”| Huallaga River | nndc | PERU

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“It was dark. Nothing was visible. It was 4:20 am We (the boat) have got into the houses. They would go down (the motor boat) and we would go up. At the moment of impact, in a couple of seconds we fell. Most of them cannot swim and there were children. I have saved myself and I saved my son. I have lost my wife and my other 7 year old son ”. This is the testimony of one of the survivors of the fluvial accident between two boats on the Huallaga River, near the town of Yurimaguas, in the Alto Amazonas province, in the Loreto region.

The residents help the authorities in the search for the bodies in the Huallaga river.  (Photo: Loreto Television Master)
The residents help the authorities in the search for the bodies in the Huallaga river. (Photo: Loreto Television Master)

The boat, known in the area as a barge, had picked up more than 80 people from different congregations at 1:00 am, who on Saturday night participated in a vigil in the hamlet of Santa María Bajo Huallaga. At the height of the Zamora port, at 4:20 am, they were hit by a motor boat, known as a chata, which left the first boat in two and was shipwrecked with its entire crew.

“We came slowly to avoid an accident. We realized that the flat was nearby, that it had no lights. The launch advanced and the impact occurred. Gone (the boat). We thought he was coming to save us but it didn’t happen. Thank God there was a boat (which was nearby) that saved four people ”, the survivor told RW Television of Loreto.

Those seconds in the dark were terrifying. “Some grabbed us from behind, desperate. We were under the boat. We have managed to get out. Not my colleagues. I have lost my wife and my seven-year-old son, ”said the man sitting next to the bank of the Huallaga river, resigned by the loss.

Another survivor of this tragedy is Valentina, who managed to get afloat and save her four children and her younger sister. “I do know how to swim. I rescued my children, my little sister, but I still have not found my 14-year-old brother who is missing, ”he said in a shaky voice for Master Televisión Loreto.

Navy personnel and residents help in the search and rescue of corpses.

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