Tourist boat sinks with 150 on board in Colombia

Firefighters and scuba divers were deployed.
Firefighters and scuba divers were deployed. Photo credit: Twitter / RCN Radio

A packed tourist boat has sunk in Colombia with 150 on board.

The multi-storey vessel was sailing in the Penol reservoir, Guatepe, in the country's northwest.

Firefighters and scuba divers have been deployed. Video uploaded by local news outlet RCN Radio showed other tourist and leisure boatsare scrambling to rescue people from the water.

The Penol reservoir.
The Penol reservoir. Photo credit: Getty

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said relief agencies and the government were ready to provide assistance.

The disaster response agency said around midday (NZ time) that nine were dead and 28 missing.

Survivors who made it to shore told local media the boat, El Almirante, appeared to be overloaded.