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Four detained over fatal ship collision in south China

(Xinhua)

08:56, March 16, 2012

Rescuers search for the missing people after a passenger ship sank in the Xunjiang River in Guiping City, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, March 15, 2012. A cargo ship loaded with porcelain clay collided with a passenger ship on the Xunjiang river on Sunday. The death toll has risen to 14 after one more body was retrieved Thursday. A total of 28 people were rescued following the accident, although six remain missing, the local government said. Four people have been detained in connection with a Sunday boat collision that left 14 people dead and six missing in the city of Guiping in south China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, local authorities said Thursday. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

NANNING, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Four people have been detained in connection with a Sunday boat collision that left 14 people dead and six missing in the city of Guiping in south China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, local authorities said Thursday.

Captain Chen Hanchao and pilot Li Guixiong were detained by police on Tuesday, as well as Li Dasen and Huang Yingxin, the owners of a cargo ship involved in the accident, according to the municipal government of Guigang, which administers Guiping.

The death toll has risen to 14 after one more body was retrieved Thursday. A total of 28 people were rescued following the accident, although six remain missing, the local government said.

A cargo ship loaded with porcelain clay collided with a passenger ship on the Xunjiang river on Sunday, according to Zeng Jianqing, Guiping's vice mayor.

The passenger ship was salvaged from the river on Thursday after being located Wednesday morning at a depth of 200 meters, local authorities said.

Rescuers are still looking for the missing passengers and a full investigation is under way.

According to a preliminary investigation, the cargo ship was traveling outside of the river's designated shipping lane when it collided with the passenger vessel.

The cargo ship appears to have caused the accident, said Tu Jianyou, deputy director of Guiping's maritime bureau.

With a maximum capacity of 30 people, the passenger vessel was overloaded at the time of the collision, Tu said.

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