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Ship collision death toll climbs to 12

Updated: 2012-10-08 15:28

The death toll from a ship collision in Hunan province climbed to 12 on Monday as the last missing body was found. 

The accident happened when a steel ship carrying 22 people collided with an unloaded sand barge at around 4 pm on Friday along a stretch of river in Yuanjiang.

Ten people were rescued and 12 confirmed dead as the last missing person's body was found 4 kilometers downriver from the accident site early Monday morning.

The owner of the steel ship, Chen Huagu, is under criminal detention.

A preliminary investigation by the local government indicated that the steel ship was not certified to carry passengers.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.