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Ten confirmed dead after boat capsizing in central China

(Xinhua)

10:24, February 14, 2012

WUHAN, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Ten bodies have been retrieved and one person remains missing nearly two weeks after a boat capsized in central China's Hunan Province, local officials said Monday.

The sand-carrying boat capsized on Feb. 2 in high winds in a tributary of Dongting Lake, China's second-largest freshwater lake, in Hunan.

Seventeen people, mostly boatmen and their family members, were on board. Only one body was found on the day of the accident, but the ensuing search retrieved nine more, according to the municipal government of the city of Jingzhou in neighboring Hubei Province, home to the victims.

Only six people have been rescued from the accident. The one missing person stands little chance of survival, municipal officials said.

The 1,500-tonne boat was from Hubei, where it was also registered.

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