BEIJING (Reuters) – Two dragon boats sailing along a river in China have toppled over and drowned 17 people, official Xinhua news agency said Sunday.
TV pictures showed one of the long, narrow boats Paddlers go on Saturday on a stretch of river near the town of Guilin, where the current seems to be strong.
Another dragon boat came to the scene with many paddlers, and it capsized, as the pictures showed. 19659004] Xinhua said 57 people had gone into the water and 200 rescuers had been sent to help. The rescue efforts went on until late at night.
The accident occurred where two rivers of the river flow together and cause a strong current, the CCTV station said. Most of those who went into the river did not wear life jackets, the media reported.
Two people were arrested in connection with the accident, Xinhua said.
Dragon boat race is popular in various parts of Asia and the Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional holiday in China, this year on June 18th.
(This version of the story has been reworked to fix typos in the last line)
(Report by Elias Glenn and Gao Lianping, Editor: Robert Birsel)