More than 20 people are still missing after a tugboat capsized in the Yangtze River in Jiangsu province yesterday. Among the missing are seven to eight foreigners, including citizens from Singapore, Japan and possibly France.
Three people were pulled from the water, but rescuers say their search has been affected by strong river currents and frigid water temperatures, SCMP reports, citing Xinhua. It’s believed that there are people trapped in the overturned cabin.
The tug boat capsized during a trial voyage around 3:00 p.m. as about 25 people were onboard.
Wang Chenkai, one of the three people rescued, told Xinhua that he was onboard as an interpreter for a Japanese engineer and survived by holding on to a hydraulic pump as the boat started sinking.
“We had just finished [a test] of the main engine of the boat when the vessel suddenly slid over. Water immediately flowed in,” Wang said.
The boat was built by the Anhui Bengu Shenzhou Machinery Co in October, according to Xinhua, and had been undergoing test runs without notifying authorities.
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