One dead, 11 missing in shipwreck on China-Myanmar border

February 1st, 2009 - 7:49 am ICT by IANS  

Kunming (China) Feb 1 (Xinhua) One person was confirmed dead and 11 were missing when a ship capsized in a river on China-Myanmar border Saturday afternoon, officials in southwest China’s Yunnan province said.The accident happened at around 3.30 p.m. Saturday in Myanmar, on the lower reaches of the Nujiang River, a spokesman with the Baoshan city government said Sunday.

“More than 500 Chinese soldiers, policemen and local residents joined the rescue work after calls for help were heard,” he said.

Rescuers had so far retrieved the dead body of a Myanmar boy, the spokesman said.

Another 11 people remained missing, including four Chinese and eight from Myanmar.

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