In Beijing, 17 people were killed when two dragon boats capsized in Southern China on Sunday, April 22, 2018.
On Saturday, the boats were practicing for a race in the Taotua River. The incident occurred in the city of Guilin. According to the city fire department.
It is not clear what caused the dragon boats to capsize.
The fire department said on the social media site, Sina Weibo, that the search effort ended late Saturday. A total of 60 people had fallen into the water and 17 people had been confirmed dead.
Xinhua News, the official news agency, reported that eight boats and more than 200 people were deployed for the rescue effort. Two organizers from Dunmu were detained.
China has been stepping up the safety surrounding the nationwide dragon boat races during the Duanwu Festival. The festival is celebrated near the summer solstice and commemorates the death of poet and minister, Qu Yuan, from the third century B.C.
Written by Jeanette Smith
CTV News: 17 killed as 2 dragon boats capsize in southern China
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