When a canyon collapses, a boulder slams into a tourist boat, killing five people.

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A terrifying moment when a canyon collapses, sending a boulder crashing onto a tourist boat, killing five people.

AT LEAST FIVE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN A TRAGIC ACCIDENT IN BRAZIL, and rescue operations are underway for around 20 people who have gone missing.

At least five people were killed when a wall of rock at a Brazilian waterfall collapsed onto tourist boats.

In Lake Furnas near Capitólio in the state of Minas Gerais, a tower of rocks abruptly broke away from the canyon wall and collapsed on top of several leisure boats.

A group of small boats was moving slowly near a rock cliff on the lake when a fissure appeared in the rock and a massive piece fell onto at least two of the boats, according to shocking video footage.

At least one of the stricken vessels sank, while others sped away.

In the video, people can be heard screaming in terror.

Divers and members of the fire service have confirmed that they are still looking for 20 people who are missing.

The freak accident, which is said to have occurred due to “heavy rains,” resulted in broken bones, and one person was hospitalized in serious condition with head and facial injuries.

A spokesperson for the fire department told local media that around 23 others were treated for minor injuries.

According to Globo.com, passengers on other boats noticed the fissures in the canyon and desperately tried to warn the other passengers.

“Today, we are suffering the pain of a tragedy in our state, due to heavy rains, which caused the loosening of a stone wall in Lake Furnas, in Capitólio,” Minas Gerais state Governor Romeu Zema tweeted.

“Minas’ government is present from the start through the Civil Defense and Fire Department.”

“Recovery efforts are still ongoing.

“At this trying time, I pledge my support to families.”

We will continue to act to provide the assistance that is required.”

A probe has been launched by the Brazilian navy.

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