Ship car­ry­ing hun­dreds sinks

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

A pas­sen­ger ship car­ry­ing more than 450 peo­ple sank overnight in the Yangtze River dur­ing a cy­clone in south­ern China, and eight peo­ple had been res­cued, the of­fi­cial New China News Agency re­ported.

Fur­ther res­cue work was un­der­way but strong winds and rain were ham­per­ing the search, ac­cord­ing to the news agency. The boat was go­ing from Nan­jing to the south­ern city of Chongqing when it sank in Hubei prov­ince, the re­port said.

The agency quoted the cap­tain and chief en­gi­neer, who were both res­cued, as say­ing the ship sank quickly af­ter be­ing caught in a cy­clone.

It said the boat was car­ry­ing 405 Chi­nese pas­sen­gers, five travel agency em­ploy­ees and 47 crew mem­bers.

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A RES­CUE TEAM heads out to search for sur­vivors af­ter a pas­sen­ger ship sank in China’s Yangtze River.

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