A survivor of the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake was one of 14 people on board the capsized Eastern Star cruise ship to be rescued alive.
Yu Zhengwei (pictured above in the middle), from Chongqing city, was saved by a patrol ship in the early hours of the morning last Tuesday amid severe storms in Jianli county, Hubei province.
The passenger, who’d rented a shop on the cruise ship to sell snacks with his wife, had only made three trips with the Eastern Star before it sank into the Yangtze River on Monday evening.
Yu said he went to retrieve some clothes hanging on the deck upon noticing the heavy storm outside at around 9:00 p.m. last Monday. The ship suddenly tilted sideways, throwing him into the water. Fortunately, he got hold of a ring buoy and was discovered after floating in the river for seven hours.
Yu’s wife, who was also a Sichuan quake survivor, has not been found. The man has now returned to Chongqing and two of his family members have stayed in Jianli county awaiting the recovery of her body.
The death toll from the capsized cruise ship has risen to 434, with eight people still missing as of this morning.
[Image via Sina News]
By Joyce Ng