Hundreds still missing after boat capsizes near China

Jun 2, 2015 7:54 AM by Cheryl Wengren

JIANLI, China (AP) - China's CCTV reports a cruise ship carrying 458 people on the Yangtze River capsized within two minutes during a storm that the surviving captain describes as a cyclone.

The official Xinhua (shin-wah) News Agency says five people are confirmed dead as rescuers continue to tap on the hull listening for responses from inside. More than 400 people are still missing.

There are several survivors including a few pulled from the wreckage.

CCTV reports the captain and the chief engineer are in custody.

The ship sank in the a section of the river where the water is about 50 feet deep. The Yangtze is the world's third-longest river and sometimes floods during the summer monsoon season.

Several rescue ships are searching the water, and divers have been deployed. CCTV says rescue personnel are trying to determine whether they could right the sunken ship.


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