Probe opens as divers search for vic­tims of sunken ferry

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

AGUATAPE | Scuba divers on Mon­day con­tin­ued their search for bod­ies from a sub­merged boat in Colom­bia as au­thor­i­ties turned their at­ten­tion to what led the tourist ferry to sink with more than 150 pas­sen­gers on board, leav­ing at least seven peo­ple dead and nine miss­ing.

Pros­e­cu­tors were treat­ing the wreck­age site at the Gu­at­ape reser­voir out­side Medellin as a crime scene and look­ing for any clues as to whether the com­pany that owned the boat named El Almi­rante was neg­li­gent.

Dra­matic videos cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia show the turquoise-and-yel­low-trimmed party boat rock­ing back and forth as peo­ple crawled down from a fourth-deck roof. Sur­vivors de­scribed hear­ing a loud ex­plo­sion near the men’s bath­room that knocked out power a few min­utes af­ter the boat be­gan its cruise around the giant lake.

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