Boatmen together with relief organizations of the Civil Defense and Firefighters, have been searching since last night, November 26, for three people that they would be drowned in the dam of the municipality of Meadow, Tolima, after his boat capsized.
The disappeared were identified as Alexander Vanegas Tovar, 21 years old; Héctor Fabio Silva, 40, and Luis Ángel Martínez, 45, who had come to this region to work on a project that takes place in a house fifth of rest and vacations.
The eldest, Luis Fernando Vélez, director of the Civil Defense in Tolima, affirmed that the emergency arose in that mirror of water fed by the rivers Black and Cunday.
“In the middle of the shipwreck, 5 people managed to survive, but we have another 3 missing in those waters,” said the major.
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The intense search was carried out on Saturday night at the dam, and continued this Sunday with no news of the missing persons to date.
“Despite the search, we have not found anything,” said Major Vélez, adding that the disappeared may have possibly died by drowning.
Also, it was possible to establish that the 8 occupants of the boat correspond to farm workers in Prado, a region rich in tourism around this dam used in energy production, which has 4,200 navigable hectares and 90 meters deep.
Luis Ernesto Castañeda, mayor of Prado, a town about 2 hours by car from Ibagué, confirmed that it is a boat that left the port of the dam last night towards a path located 25 minutes away.
“The 8 people correspond to construction workers, all of them were traveling in a private boat, owned by a country house in this municipality,” said the mayor, adding that, apparently, due to a lack of driving skills, the boat was sank from the rear.
“None of the occupants were wearing lifejacket, and we want to say that the search for people is very complicated due to the depth of the dam,” he said.