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Photo: Crowds wait as rescuers search for 11 missing people in the Qiantang River, Zhejiang Province. A freak tide swept away more than 30 people about 4pm yesterday when they were either swimming or walking on a levee in Qibao, Xiasha District. Twenty-two people have been rescued and one body has been found.
At least 11 people were missing after a tidal current in southeastern China swept more than 30 people out to sea. Twenty-two people were rescued after the tide rushed up the mouth of the Qiantang River on the outskirts of Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province. The victims had either been swimming in the river or walking along a levee when the tide hit. Rescue efforts had continued into the night. The Qiantang's trumpet-shaped mouth makes dangerously large tides as water rushes up the mouth of the river. Tourists often travel to witness the tides, and accidents are not uncommon. The deadliest accident there occurred in 1993, when a tide swept 86 people away, killing 19 and leaving 40 missing.