Tuesday 17 July 2018

Five dead and dozens missing after dragon boats capsize in China

Two dragon boats that capsized sit in the water on the Taohua River in Guilin in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Chinatopix via AP)
Two dragon boats that capsized sit in the water on the Taohua River in Guilin in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Chinatopix via AP)
Rescuers prepare to search for missing boaters on the Taohua River in Guilin in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Chinatopix via AP)
Rescuers search for missing boaters on the Taohua River in Guilin in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Chinatopix via AP)

Five people were killed and dozens more were missing after two dragon boats capsized in southern China, said state broadcaster CCTV.

The boats, carrying 60 people, had been rehearsing for a race in the Taohua River in the city of Guilin when the accident happened, the broadcaster said.

Rescuers prepare to search for missing boaters on the Taohua River in Guilin in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Chinatopix via AP)
Rescuers prepare to search for missing boaters on the Taohua River in Guilin in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Chinatopix via AP)

It was not immediately clear what caused the boats to capsize.

Five bodies and two survivors were pulled from the water. Rescuers were searching for an unspecified number of others who remained missing, CCTV said.

Rescuers search for missing boaters on the Taohua River in Guilin in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Chinatopix via AP)
Rescuers search for missing boaters on the Taohua River in Guilin in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Chinatopix via AP)

China has sought to step up safety surrounding nationwide dragon boat racing during the Duanwu festival, which falls near the summer solstice and commemorates the death of the poet and minister Qu Yuan in the third century BC.

Press Association

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