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Drunken skipper blamed for deadly yacht accident

04-10-2012 22:27 BJT

NANJING, April 10 (Xinhua) -- An investigation revealed that the drunken skipper of the yacht was responsible for the accident claiming four lives on Taihu Lake, Jiangsu province last Wednesday, according to the local maritime affair bureau.

The captains of the two cargo ships involved in the incident have secondary responsibility.

All those responsible have been detained by the police, and remain in police custody.

Four college students were killed and another four injured after their yacht hit a cable running between two cargo ships on Taihu Lake in the city of Suzhou last Wednesday, according to the Shanghai Municipal Tourism Bureau. The accident occurred on the last day of the three-day Tomb-Sweeping Day national holiday.

A blood test administered after the accident showed that Feng Ke'er, the skipper of the yacht, had 54 milligrams of alcohol per 100 mililiters of blood in his system, the Suzhou Municipal Maritime Affair Bureau said. This is 34 milligrams higher than the required standard according to local navigating regulations.

The investigation concluded that due to Feng's serious breach of regulations, he should be blamed for the accident.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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