China's official news service said an overloaded fishing boat sank in an eastern river on Friday evening, killing fifteen people.
Xinhua News Agency said the boat, which had a capacity to carry only 10 people, was ferrying 44 people across the Sanjiang River in Jiangxi when it sank.
Twenty-nine onboard were rescued.
Xinhua said all the passengers were employed by private businessmen to cross the river to pick up a type of water chestnut in a village. The businessmen have been detained by police.