Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Two dragon boats capsize, 11 die in China

Two dragon boats capsize, 11 die in China

The boats were practising on Saturday for a race in the Taohua River in the city of Guilin when the accident happened, said the fire department of the city of Guilin, capital of Guangxi region.

Around 40 people were pulled out of the water alive with rescue work ending around 10pm (1400 GMT), Xinhua said. Two were taken to hospital and were said to be in stable condition, with a further six still missing. It was not immediately clear what caused the boats to capsize. The video showed some people desperately trying to reach the shore, and others trying to revive victims lying on the bank.

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An earlier record by their state news agency mentioned eleven folks had died. Two people have been arrested, the agency said.

In China racing boats with decorations in the form of the tail and the dragon head is held on the feast day of the summer season. Several thousand people are involved in preparations for the races for weeks beforehand.

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