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article imageTwo American tourists killed in Iguazu Falls accident

By Igor I. Solar     Mar 22, 2011 in World
Buenos Aires - A tourist excursion ended in tragedy at Iguazu Falls: Two American tourists were killed after the rubber boat in which they approached the falls overturned.
The tragedy occurred at the Argentina side of the falls, province of Misiones. According to the police prefecture of Misiones, the boat had left around 11 AM in one of the regular tours in which visitors take a close view of the magnificent waterfalls. The Misiones Police Chief Jorge Veron said the accident happened near the San Martín fall, where the raft would have capsized after apparently crashing into a stone wall.
As a result of the accident, seven passengers, including a photographer for the trip and the two crew members fell overboard. Officer Veron has confirmed that two American tourists died. He identified the two dead persons as Laura Natejik Evert, 28, and Philip Musgrove, 70, reported the Associated Press.
"We have been running this tour for over 10 years and we never had an accident of this kind," said Daniel Costra, the Head of the Iguazu Falls National Park. The tour, which lasts about 15 minutes, takes hundreds of tourists for a close look of the falls. All passengers on board were wearing life vests which are mandatory. At the time of the accident river conditions were normal, said Costra.
All emergency services of Misiones were mobilized to the rescue operation. Prefecture staff, Army, National Parks staff, and police officers were deployed. Eight boats and a helicopter took part in the rescue efforts, according to Clarín on-line (in Spanish). Employees of the tour company Iguazu Jungle Explorer, which owns the boat and operates the rides, also assisted in the search.
The eight people rescued were injured and treated at the hospital in Puerto Iguazu. Prefect Veron informed that “they are in good condition" and expected to recover to be able to provide further details about the accident.
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