Divers race to find survivors in capsized Chinese ship on Yangtze River

Rescuers have pulled at least one survivor from a cruise ship which capsized on China’s Yangtze River. Rescuers are trying to reach more than 400 people still believed trapped; the captain is in police custody.

Chinese media on Tuesday broadcast images of rescue workers wearing orange life vests tapping on the upturned hull of the “Eastern Star,” listening for sounds from passengers still trapped inside.

Chinese news agencies reported that between 13 and 18 people had so far survived. Some of them had swum to shore; others were rescued from the partially submerged ship. Those saved by divers included a 65-year-old woman. At least five bodies had been recovered, state media said.

They reported that 458 people – many of them elderly tourists – were aboard the ship when it went down during a trip from Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing on Monday night.
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Source News: DW