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Video: Huge rock breaks off cliff & crushes tourist boats in Brazil lake, 7 killed

The area where a wall of rock broke from a cliff falling onto several tourist boats.

At least seven people have been killed and 32 injured after a huge slab of rock broke from a cliff and crushed leisure boats near a waterfall on a lake in Brazil, according to a BBC report on Sunday.

Three persons are missing and divers and helicopters are searching the water for any more survivors.

Video circulating online shows the moment the rock detaches from the cliff face as onlookers try to yell warnings to the boats beneath.

At least one of the boats appears to have sunk, while others managed to escape.

The collapse at 11:00 local time followed days of rain in Minas Gerais state, which had made the cliffs more susceptible to collapse, local fire officials told reporters.

Three vessels were hit by falling rock, Lieutenant Pedro Aihara told reporters. Out of the 32 injured, nine people were in hospital, the BBC report said.

Twenty people were initially reported missing, but Lt Aihara said most were accounted for after checking hospital lists.