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Male body found, 13 still missing in Sichuan tourist boat accident

Reporter: Meng Qingsheng 丨 CCTV.com

06-07-2016 06:02 BJT

To Guangyuan in southwest China's Sichuan Province, where a tourist boat carrying 18 people capsized on June 4th. Four people were rescued on the same day, but one of them died after being taken to hospital. On Monday, one of the 14 missing bodies was found.

The search and rescue operation for the 14 missing boat passengers continued a day after the boat was located.

Around noon time, a missing body was found and lifted out of water.

Two days after the accident, the first missing body has been found by rescuers. It’s a middle aged man. So far, two people have been confirmed dead. And 13 others are still missing.

Victims' families and local villagers witnessed the moment. The city mayor has promised an intensified search and rescue operation.

"We have decided to intensify the search. Since a body was found, it's quite possible that someone else would come up," said Zou Zijing, Mayor of Guangyua City, Sichuan.

A robot capable of underwater operation has arrived at the site to speed up the rescue, and help lift the capsized boat.

"The underwater robot will examine the area where the boat has been found. It'll also examine the boat itself to check how many people still remain there. And then we will decide the next step. To save the missing people is our priority from the very beginning," said Zou.

The water level on this lake is now gradually going down as a dam starts to discharge water.

Along with all measures available, it's aimed at paving the way to conclude this most tragic event on this lake in two decades.

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