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China Finds Strong Storm Sank Cruiser in June, Killing 442

  • Associated Press

FILE - Rescue workers stand on the river bank as the capsized cruise ship Eastern Star is pulled out of the Yangtze against sunset, in Jianli, Hubei province, China, June 5, 2015.

FILE - Rescue workers stand on the river bank as the capsized cruise ship Eastern Star is pulled out of the Yangtze against sunset, in Jianli, Hubei province, China, June 5, 2015.

China says the capsizing of a cruise ship that killed hundreds earlier this year was caused by strong storms but that representatives of the shipping company and local authorities should also be punished for management flaws.

More than 440 people died in the June 1 disaster on the Yangtze River.

The official Xinhua News Agency says the Cabinet's investigation team concluded that the Eastern Star was brought down "by strong winds and heavy rains" related to "a rare type of severe convective weather."

The conclusion backs up the initial finding that the disaster was caused by strong winds.

Xinhua said Wednesday the investigation team also found that 43 people from the shipping company and local authorities should be punished for flaws in their daily management.

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