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They're not authorised by nautical engineers or experts in navigation.They're boats built here with peoples' own hands.'Six of the dead, believed to be all Colombian nationals, have already been named and include ferry captain Luis Jaramillo's daughter Valentina, who was working aboard.The three friends started off in Colombia and used a tuk-tuk and speed boat to reach Santa Rosa, in Peru, where they downed their first beer.They then rushed back to the port and crossed the Amazon again, where they drunk a can of Skol in Tabatinga, Brazil.Yesterday was a very special day for the Michael W Travels family. It’s been an amazing six years and I can’t believe that Lucas is in kindergarten and has already been to 42 countries! This is the dramatic moment a tourist boat with 150 passengers on board sank in Colombia leaving up to 25 dead.Local business owner Marilyn Usme revealed there had been a third incident around three months ago, near the same jetty, but few people had found out about it because it happened at night and no passengers had been on board at the time.She told a local radio station: 'The boat was fixed and carried on working as normal.'A Civil Defence worker described the construction of the four-storey ferry as 'hand-crafted.'Hernando Jaramillo, a Guatape resident and member of the regional Antioquia Department Civil Defence team, said: 'These boats really are constructed in a traditional way.'I got to know the shipbuilder's yard where they were made.
Calum Foskett, 27, Jed Gibbs, 27 and Joe Oliver, 29, all from Bedfordshire, crossed the Amazon twice on a leaky boat and raced along dirt roads on motorbikes during their whistle stop bar crawl in Peru, Brazil and Colombia.Their three-country beer-stop set them back just £25 - roughly the same price as five pints in London.The British travellers decided to go on the 10 mile crawl across the three countries, where there are open borders, after their flights were delayed.Speaking from Colombia, law student Mr Foskett said: 'It started off as a joke in a bar and then we realised no one had ever tried it before, and then we had a problem with our flights and were stuck for over a week.'Whilst working out how to spend our time we were looking at a map and realised it could be possible to visit all three countries within an hour.'From there, it escalated to a beer in each country in under an hour.'We tried to make it as challenging as possible by adding two extra rules.We had to finish where we started making sure it was a full loop and each beer had to be served to us rather than bought in a shop.'It was tough going and I thought we weren't going to make it at some points..was like something from the Crystal Maze.'He added: 'It's certainly different, How many pub crawls involve crossing a river by boat and shooting round on motorbikes?