BEIJING (AP) — A small cruise ship sank overnight in China's Yangtze River during a storm, leaving at least one person dead and nearly 450 people missing, most of them elderly, state media said Tuesday. Ten people were rescued, the state media reports said.
By Sue-Lin Wong SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Some passengers are still alive inside the hull of a passenger ship carrying 458 people, many of them elderly Chinese tourists, that capsized on the Yangtze River, state media said on Tuesday, in what could be one of China's worst disasters for years. The microblog of the official People's Daily newspaper said some passengers were still inside the Eastern Star, while the official Xinhua news agency said rescuers could hear people calling for help from inside the four-deck ship. Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered that no efforts be spared in rescue work and Premier Li Keqiang was heading to the scene of the accident in central Hubei province, Xinhua said.
China mounted a rescue operation on Tuesday after a passenger ship reportedly carrying more than 450 people sank in the powerful Yangtze river after being hit by stormy weather. Broadcaster CCTV said that one body had been recovered, and just 10 people rescued so far from the Dongfangzhixing, or "Eastern Star" which sank late Monday en route from the eastern city of Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing. The cause of the sinking in the Jianli region of central Hubei province was not immediately clear, but CCTV said it was an accident.