Cargo ves­sel cap­sizes on Yangtze, deaths un­known

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A Chi­nese cargo ship cap­sized on the Yangtze river near the eastern city of Nan­jing early Thurs­day, but ca­su­al­ties were un­known, state media re­ported.

The in­ci­dent fol­lows mod­ern China’s worst ship­ping dis­as­ter on June 1, when 442 peo­ple died af­ter a cruise ship also cap­sized on the Yangtze but in the cen­tral province of Hubei.

In the latest in­ci­dent, a cargo ship — es­ti­mated to be in the 300 ton range — turned over and be­came stuck on the riverbed in Jiangsu province, state media re­ported.

A lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion said on its mi­croblog that the ship is be­lieved to have been car­ry­ing two peo­ple.

Photos posted online showed a small group of work­ers in or­ange life jack­ets stand­ing on the over­turned boat, at­tach­ing a steel ca­ble to sal­vage the ves­sel.

“There are no signs of life,” Jiangsu province ra­dio re­ported.

The boat was car­ry­ing the chem­i­cal sodium hy­drox­ide — also known as lye — but no leak­age into the river had been de­tected, Jiangsu tele­vi­sion said.

The cruise ship ac­ci­dent took place much fur­ther up the Yangtze, China’s long­est river.

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