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Eleven confirmed dead in Hunan boat accident

(Xinhua)

08:59, June 01, 2012

CHANGSHA, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Eleven of 25 people on board a boat that capsized on Sunday morning in central China's Hunan province were confirmed dead by local authorities on Thursday.

The passengers all fell into the Yuanjiang River in Luxi county after their out-of-control vessel hit a freighter and capsized. Rescuers have saved 14 of them.

While one was confirmed dead in the immediate aftermath of the accident,it has taken until 4 p.m. on Thursday to conclude an attempted rescue of the 10 missing people, whose bodies have all been found in the river, according to the county government's publicity department.

Investigators said the boat experienced engine failure while traveling from Luxi to neighboring Chenxi county and went adrift.

The passengers were all from Chenxi county. The oldest of the dead was 76 years old and the youngest was six years old.

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