Ship carrying 458 people sinks in Yangtze River

The rescue teams on Tuesday morning located the ship carrying 458 people in the Hubei section of China's Yangtze River.

According to the Yangtze River navigation administration, the ship, named Eastern Star, sank at around 9:28 p.m. Monday in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River.

The ship is upside down in 15 meters of water with a part of its hull visible. It was heading from Nanjing, capital city of east China's Jiangsu province, to southwest China's Chongqing municipal city.

There were altogether 458 people on board, including 406 passengers, 5 travel agency workers and 47 crew members.

Ten people have been rescued from the water, including the captain and the chief engineer of the ship. And one body of the victims has been found from the water.

Rescuers work at the ship sinking site in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River in central China's Hubei Province June 2, 2015. A passenger ship carrying 458 people sunk Monday night in the Yangtze River, China's longest. More than 20 people have been rescued. (Xinhua)

Those rescued claimed the ship sank quickly after being caught in a cyclone. A local newspaper reports that most passengers were between the ages of 50 and 80.

Search and rescue operations are underway. The Ministry of Transport says more than a dozen rescue boats have been deployed to the site. Rescuers are having to contend with poor weather conditions in the area.

Photo taken on June 2, 2015 shows the ship sinking site in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River in central China's Hubei Province. A passenger ship carrying 458 people sunk Monday night in the Yangtze River, China's longest. Rescue work is hampered by strong wind and heavy rain. (Xinhua)

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