Ferry sinks on Yangtze river

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A Chinese ferry, the Easter Star, capsized on the Yangtze river on Monday after it was hit by a storm. The ferry had 456 people on board and 396 of these have been confirmed dead.

On Friday, hooks were welded onto the ship and net stretched around the entire ferry in order to lift it after officials said the chances of finding anyone alive were minimal.

Only 14 of the 456 passengers and crew are known to have survived. Over 100 people are still missing. The 14 survivors all jumped from the ship as it started to sink and were rescued by divers.

The tragedy is quickly becoming China’s worst shipping disaster in more than 60 years.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said a thorough investigation into the cause of the disaster will take place, after angry relatives protested at the scene.

3 Responses

  1. This is sad but it now starting to occur more often it a bad thing that atleast 100 people are pretty much leaving this world a day

  2. That is sad. Nearly every week there are plane crashes, capsized boats.
    Thousands of people are dying. I think it is time make a difference and before take off check everything for safety.

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