China ship collision toll rises to 11

The death toll of a two ship collision in central China rose to 11 on Saturday, with one person still missing in the second deadly boating accident in a week, state press reported.

Rescue workers are seen searching for survivors on Yuanjiang river in Yuanjiang, central China's Hunan province, on October 5, after a boat collision accident early that afternoon. The death toll of the collision rose to 11 on Saturday, with one person still missing in the second deadly boating accident in a week, state press reported.

Eight people were initially reported dead after two ships collided Friday on the Yuanjiang river in Hunan province, but the toll rose as searches located the bodies of three people missing, Xinhua news agency said.

Rescuers were able to save 10 of the 22 thrown overboard during the collision which occurred at 4:00 pm local time Friday.

Search efforts for one person still missing are ongoing, the report added, while the cause of the accident is under investigation.

Thirty-eight people were killed in Hong Kong on Monday night when a high-speed ferry collided with a pleasure craft carrying around 120 passengers on a company trip to watch national day fireworks.

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