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Chinese cruise ship Eastern Star capsized in the Yangtze River

Jun 4, 2015 12:11 IST

Chinese cruise ship Eastern Star or Dongfangzhixing capsized in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River in Hubei province on 1 June 2015.

The four-storey and 76-metre ship carrying 405 passengers, five tour guides, and 46 crew members capsized after it got caught in a cyclone.

The ship was headed from the eastern city of Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing. Most of the passengers had retired for the night when the incident happened.

More than 30 boats have been pressed into rescue operations and more than 10 relief ships have also been dispatched to the area.

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