CANICO, Portugal (Reuters) – Madeira began three days of mourning on Thursday for 29 German vacationers who died after their bus veered off a steep avenue, as Germany’s international minister and a trauma team prepared to cruise to the Portuguese island to fulfill survivors.
The vacationer bus, carrying 55 passengers and a tour manual, overturned on Wednesday evening within the coastal town of Canico, its mayor, Filipe Sousa, urged journalists.
Authorities on the island said all 29 of us that died within the rupture had been German.
In Berlin, International Minister Heiko Maas said he would cruise to Madeira on Thursday with a team of doctors, psychologists and consular officers to fulfill with those affected and thank Portugal for its help.
Reporting by Catarina Demony in Lisbon, Rafael Marchante and Miguel Pereira in Canico; Extra reporting by Thomas Escritt in Berlin; Improving by John Stonestreet