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People cry as they wait for more information on tourists who were on a ferry that sank in a reservoir in Guatape, Colombia, Sunday, June 25, 2017. Nine people were dead and 28 missing after a tourist ferry packed with around 170 passengers for the holiday weekend capsized Sunday on a reservoir near the Colombian city of Medellin, officials said. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)

A tourist boat with 150 aboard sank in a reservoir in Colombia


Updated June 25, 2017 08:15 PM EDT

Nine people were killed and another 28 are missing after a tourist ferry capsized Sunday on a reservoir near the Colombian city of Medellin.

"Those on the first and second floors sank immediately," a female survivor told the Associated Press.

According to a preliminary report from authorities, 99 people were rescued and another 40 managed to make it to shore on their own.

A tourist boat with about 150 people aboard sank Sunday in a reservoir near Medellin, which is located in northwestern Colombia. At least three people have been confirmed dead.

The country's air force tweeted saying it sent a helicopter to the Guatape reservoir to help with the rescue effort. Medellin's mayor said firefighters and scuba divers were also headed to the scene.

"We are ready to provide the assistance required," Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted in response to the incident.

Video on social media shows the ferry sinking as other recreational boats rush to help.

Survivors said the boat may have been overloaded, adding that none of the passengers were wearing life jackets.

The reservoir surrounds El Penol and is a popular weekend destination.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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