Shocking moment rowers desperately swim for shore after their Dragon boat capsizes leaving 17 dead during practice session for festival in China

Posted on April 26, 2018.

Seventeen people have died after their dragon boats capsized while practicing for a festival in southern China.

Seventeen people have died after their dragon boats capsized while practicing for a festival in southern China.

In the video, from Guilin City in Guangxi, a group of rowers can be seen making progress along the river before seemingly getting stuck.

The boat drifts backwards before tipping over as the group desperately try to stay afloat.

In the video, from Guilin City in Guangxi southern China, a group of rowers can be seen making progress along the river before seemingly getting stuck

The boat capsizes throwing the group into the water where they attempt to swim to shore, or cling on to the underside of the boat

A second group approach the first in an attempt to help before they too end up in the water.

In total nearly 60 people ended up in the water and more than 80 firefighters were dispatched to the scene to rescue them.

The incident happened on April 21 in Taohua river while the group were preparing for the Dragon Boat Festival, a traditional holiday in China with races taking place across the country.

The Xinhua news agency has reported that the accident happened because of a strong current.

They added that two organisers of the practice who failed to notify police about the session have been detained.

A second group of dragon boat rowers attempt to help but end up falling into the water themselves

In total nearly 60 people ended up in the water and more than 80 firefighters were dispatched to the scene to rescue them. Seventeen people died in the accident on April 21

Video below:

Source: Daily Mail