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Yangtze River Ship Sinks With 458 Aboard; Just a Few Rescued

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Jun 2015 06:56 AM

A Yangtze River passenger ship carrying 458 people through China sank on Monday evening during a storm. Just a few people have been reported rescued so far.

Some 405 passengers along with crew members and travel agency workers were onboard the Eastern Star when it capsized and sank in Hubei province, the New China News Agency initially reported.

Chinese state media gave conflicting counts of how many people were rescued, according to the Los Angeles Times, from just a dozen to more than 30.

Chinese emergency personnel worked to free passengers trapped inside the capsized hull of the ship, according to the BBC News, but strong winds and heavy rain slowed rescue attempts.

The ship's captain and chief engineer were taken into custody after they were two of the few pulled to safety after the accident, according to The Guardian.

The Eastern Star had been taking passengers from the Jiangsu province capital of Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing.

"I'm very, very sad," Qu Qing, a woman from Jiangsu Province told state-run media. She told Chinese media that she had six family members the ship. Most of the ship's passengers' ages were from the 50s to the 80s.

"My father, his three younger sisters and one younger brother, [and] my mother boarded on May 28th in Nanjing. They saw a travel ad on the local newspaper, then they contacted the travel agency and went. … We can't accept this as reality. All of our relatives are trying to find information on the internet," she said.

"No doubt for some of those on the Eastern Star it would have been the trip of a lifetime," wrote the BBC News' John Sudworth. "And the Three Gorges Dam, a place of pilgrimage in its own right and a powerful symbol of China's rising economic might attracting around two million visitors a year, now has its part to play in the rescue."

"The sinking of the Eastern Star will resonate widely. A boat full of everyday Chinese tourists – from grandmothers and grandfathers down to the youngest listed passenger at just three years old – has been lost in the waters of the country's best loved river," said Sudworth.

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