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12 boats with no-one on board broke their moorings on Saturday and were swept down a turbulent river in floods. Thankfully, soldiers worked fast to stop the boats, which were heading straight for the Fengman Hydropower Plant dam. The vessels, which are used for river gold mining, were floating out of control in the Songhua River in Northeast China's Jilin City.
16 boats with 300 soldiers were dispatched to try to stop the boats with no one on board.
Li Haibin, Head of Jilin Public Security Bureau, said, "Our aim was to block the vessels floating at the upper front of the river, in case it threatened the safety of the dam."
Two hours after the soldiers started searching for the boats, they found six of them.
The heaviest one weighed 15 tons and was found 60 kilometers from the dam.
After the decision was made, an army ship dragged two of the out of control vessels to shore and moored them at the beach.
The soldiers then decided to sink the boats, so they wouldn't float any closer to the Fengman Hydropower Plant dam. Several holes were drilled into the boats to help them sink faster. At the same time, the other captain-less vessels were found 120 kilometers from the dam.
By 7 o'clock Saturday night. the ordeal was over.