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16 Die As Boat Capsizes in China

June 4, 1998

BEIJING (AP) _ An overloaded boat carrying farm workers to the fields capsized in southeastern China, killing 16 of the women, the official China Youth Daily newspaper reported Thursday. Another woman and the boat captain were missing.

Twenty-six women from Kangwei village in Fujian province had set out in the wooden boat to pick soybeans before dawn Tuesday, the newspaper said.

The boat, built to hold 12, capsized shortly after leaving shore.

Police believe the captain made it to shore, then fled, the newspaper said.

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