A several story high tourist boat with around 150 people on board has capsized near Medellin, Colombia. Police have said there are now nine confirmed fatalities and at least thirty more are reported missing.
An ongoing search and rescue effort is underway with Colombian Air Force and local emergency responders searching the now submerged ship and surrounding areas for any sign of life or victims.
The mayor of Medellin has asked his citizens to clear the roads for traffic from first responders and military vehicles as they begin to try and save anyone they can from this terrible accident.
"The most important thing right now is to save lives," said Mayor Federico Gutierrez.
Gen. Jorge Nieto, the head of Colombia's police, said nine people had died and approximately 30 people were missing. Another 24 were being treated for injuries at a local hospital.
Dramatic eyewitness accounts say the boat began to capsize and individuals were fleeing to get to the highest level, the fourth story, in order to survive the sinking ship.
Passengers were apparently not wearing life vests and witnesses suggest the boat itself was overloaded which could have resulted in the accident itself. At this time it remains unclear as to the cause of the capsized ship.
First responders are still searching heavily around the wreckage of the Guatape reservoir where the four-story El Almirante boat sank.