Saturday, October 4, 2008

Officials suspended from duty over boat capsizing in SW China

Two local officials were suspended from duty and another one was dismissed after a boat capsizing accident in southwest China's Guizhou Province on Wednesday evening left eight missing, local authorities on Friday.

Wu Guohong, deputy head of Puding County Government, who was in charge of work safety affairs, and Wu Wenlong, the county maritime department director, were suspended from work, according to a statement from the Communist Party of China Anshui Municipal Committee.

Yang Gang, head of Bulang Town, was dismissed.

The accident happened at about 9 p.m., when the fishing boat carrying eight people on their way back from a wedding ceremony in a neighboring village, capsized in the Yelang Lake, Puding County.

The victims, ranging from five to 64 years old, were all from Benjie Village, Bulang Town.

Rescue work is still going on.

The man-made Yelang Lake, which covers 21 square kilometers, is a famous scenic site in Guizhou.

Source: Xinhua

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