A fun trip to a beach in Brazil ended in tragedy for a family after part of a cliff collapsed, crushing them to death. 

Stella Souza, her husband, 32-year-old Hugo Pereira, and their seven-month-old son, Sol Souza, were enjoying themselves at a beach in the northeastern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte on Tuesday when the unfortunate incident took place.

The beachgoers rushed to the scene in an attempt to save them. When they removed the rocks, they found the bodies of the couple and their pet dog. Souza was holding her infant son.

"There was still time for the mother to try to hold the child, which is why the adults were more hurt because the mother was hugging the baby," Igor Caetano, a witness, told Brazilian news portal G1.[Google Translation Showed]

The boy was breathing when he was pulled out from the debris. A doctor, who was part of the crowd unsuccessfully tried to revive the baby.

"We dug until we found the father, and then we found the mother and the child. The boy was still breathing. Coincidentally, a doctor was passing by at the time, she tried to revive the child, but there was no way," Caetano added.

A video circulating on social media showed a group of people flocking to the spot of the incident.

An investigation into the incident was ongoing and the exact cause for the cliff to collapse was not known.

The family was laid to rest Wednesday.

Souza’s mother, Sânzia Maria, told the outlet that they were a "very happy family" and knew how to enjoy life to the fullest.

"They were very happy, a very happy family. Hugo was a wonderful man who took good care of Stella and Sol. They were people who only left happiness," she said.

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