400+ still missing from capsized cruise ship

Hopes fade of finding more survivors in China cruise ship tragedy

Crews are working to find survivors
Crews are working to find survivors

China's Hubei province is home to the Yangtze River, which stretches across 6300 km and means 'long river' in Chinese, is the longest river in China and the third longest in the world. Tourist cruises are popular with both nationals and tourists.

Earlier today, reports confirmed that a cruise ship carrying 450 people had capsized. Seven known survivors swam to shore as five people were confirmed dead. Hundreds more are still missing at the time of this report.

The ship is now floating upside down in the river and had capsized during a storm. Dozens of rescue personnel are working hard to find survivors, though deep fog and poor visibility are affecting the search.

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The boat was traveling from Nanjing upstream to the southwestern city of Chongqing when it sank. The ship's captain and chief engineer were both rescued, and have confirmed that the boat sank quickly after it encountered a cyclone.

Rescuers have reported hearing cries for help when they tapped the ship's hull looking for survivors.

The four-level Eastern Star was carrying 411 passengers and 47 crew members and belongs to Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corp.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is reported to be traveling to the accident site.

So far, 12 people have been rescued.

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