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2 dragon boats capsize in China, killing 17

2 dragon boats capsize in China, killing 17

Rowers were practicing for a race in Taohuajiang River in Guilin city when two boats capsized, tipping 57 people into the water. At the same time, another boat came full of paddlers and got capsized, the pictures showed.

Around 40 individuals were pulled out of their water living with saving work end around 10pm (1400 GMT), Xinhua stated.

Eight boats and over 200 people were dispatched to the rescue.

The rescue effort went on late into Saturday night.

Most of those who went into the river were not wearing life jackets, according to media reports.

There had been no information on whether people were missing from the report.

Two organizers of the practice, from the village of Dunmu, were detained, Xinhua said.

Two people were taken to hospital and are in stable conditions.

Drag boat racing is popular in various parts of Asia and the Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional holiday in China taking place on June 18 this year.

The festival is celebrated near the summer solstice and commemorates the death of poet and minister, Qu Yuan, from the third century B.C.

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