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Chinese ferry sinks on Yangtze River with over 450 on board

Rescuers have been working to bring over 450 people to safety after a passenger vessel sank on Monday in poor weather.

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Chinese ferry sinks on Yangtze River with over 450 on board

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A rescue operation is underway on China’s Yangtze River after a passenger ferry sank on Monday evening.

There were reported to be at 450 people on board the vessel, when it ran into trouble in Hubei Province during a cyclone.

The ferry, called the Eastern Star, was travelling from Nanjing in eastern China to Chongqing city.

Chinese state media reported that only about a dozen people had been rescued, among them the ship’s captain and engineer who said the vessel sank quickly. The majority of those on board are said to be elderly tourists.

China’s Premier Li Keqiang is due to arrive at the scene of the accident.