A 1994 built four-deck boat cruise ship name Dongfangzhixing (Eastern Star) carrying 458 people mostly elderly passengers, along with some crew members sunk after being hit by a strong storm in the river in the Yangtze River,where rough waters made the rescue difficult.
It is reported that the the river cruise Eastern Star which is 251 feet long and 36 feet wide and was capable of carrying only 534 people, was coming from the city of Nanjing, eastern Chinese Jiangsu province and was heading to the southwestern city of Chongqing. ,according to local official report, Only 17 people are said to have been rescued so far. The captain and ship chief engineer were among the rescued, and now in police custody for interrogation of the incident.
The accident occurred Monday night in the Jianli County, The ship sank in the Damazhou waterwayarea, where the dept is about 50 feet. The Yangtze well known as the world’s third-longest river. Heavy rain had fallen in the region over last 24 hours with strong winds of about 80 mph.
Chinese media reports that some passengers are trapped inside the capsized overturned boat and still alive, rescued was hampered by strong wind and heavy rain and later by darkness. But by the next morning light hundreds of military personal arrived for rescue operation.
More than Five people were confirmed dead till now, rescue operation continuing.