Rescuers say they have heard cries for help coming from within the hull of a ship that capsized on China's Yangtze River with 458 people on board.
The Eastern Star ship is reported to have sunk rapidly on Monday at around 9.28pm (2.28pm UK time) local time in the Jianli section of the river.
Authorities say six bodies have been recovered, while seven people have managed to swim to shore and around 15 have been rescued in what could be one of China's worst shipping disasters.
The ship's hull is still visible in the river where the water is about 15 metres (50 ft) deep. Around 110 boats and 3,000 people are understood to be involved in the search effort.
Search teams seen banging on the upturned hull of the ship with a hammer said they had heard sounds of life and state broadcaster CCTV reported that divers have managed to rescue three out of five passengers thought to be trapped inside.
Ongoing times appear to be prone to tragedies either in sea or due to sea. Sad circumstance.It is the worst shipping accident in China happened in 70years.As per the reports so far only 14 people found alive and seven bodies are recovered.Hope that there couldn't be more death toll.The ship or ferry was on it's way to south-west China's Chongqing city from Nanjing,in the Jiangsu province.ReplyDelete