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Death toll rises to three in China boat sinking
Updated: 2008-07-07 06:47

TAIZHOU, Zhejiang Province -- Rescuers have recovered another two bodies in the East China Sea, bringing the death toll from a boat sinking of Friday to three, with one person still missing.

The two bodies, identified as Cao Wenhu from the power supply bureau of Jiaojiang district and Pan Guanzeng with a shipping company, were retrieved on Sunday morning.

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Rescuers have earlier recovered the body of Zhang Yunliang, a staff member of Taizhou traditional Chinese medicine hospital.

Rescuers are still searching for Zhang's colleague Chen Jianhua.

The vessel sank on the way to Yijiangshan islands at about 5 p.m. Friday. On board were 12 people, who went angling, according to the captain who was later saved.

Eight people were rescued afterwards and taken to the hospital.

Police have detained owner of the unregistered boat, said Chen Guozhao, deputy head of Jiaojiang District Public Security Bureau.

It is the second vessel to sink in the East China Sea in two days.

Twelve seamen went missing after a tornado capsized their fishing boat, throwing 15 crew members into the water near Zhejiang's Zhoushan City on Wednesday.