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    At least 20 people, including Singaporean, Japanese and Indian nationals remain missing after a tug boat sank in in the Yangtze River in China’s eastern Jiangsu Province on Thursday; three people have been rescued.

    MOSCOW, January 16 (Sputnik) – At least 20 people remain missing after a tug sank in the Yangtze River  near the city of Taizhou in China’s Jiangsu province, some 200 kilometers from Shanghai, according to Xinhua News Agency.

    Seven or eight foreigners are believed to be among the missing, including Singaporean, Japanese and Indian nationals, along with the foreign owner of the tugboat. A French citizen might also be among the missing.

    A sunken tug boat is being hoisted out of the water in the Yangtze River near Jingjiang city, east China's Jiangsu province, 16 January 2015. By Friday (16 January 2015) morning, rescuers have rescued three passengers on board a tug boat that sank in the Yangtze River in east China's Jiangsu Province on Thursday, and are still searching for more than 20 missing. Seven or eight foreigners including Singaporean, Indian and Japanese nationals, are believed to be among the missing when the tug boat with 24-25 people on aboard sank while testing water in Fubei Channel on the Yangtze River at about 3 p.m. Thursday, local authorities said Friday morning. Rescuers said the rescue work is difficult as the current is swift and the water is cold. Rescuers believed that there are people trapped in the cabin. The rescue team is trying to use crane to lift the inverted sunken boat out of the water.
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    A sunken tug boat is being hoisted out of the water in the Yangtze River near Jingjiang city

    Three people have been rescued.

    The vessel capsized suddenly and flooded in less than 20 seconds, Xinhua quotes one of the survivors, Wang Chenkai, as saying.

    "Only the two of us were in the cockpit. We had just finished the host load test of the main engine of the boat, when the vessel suddenly slid over. Water immediately filled in," he is quoted as saying.

    Xinhua says he survived by clenching on a hydraulic pump. For a moment, he took hold of the Japanese engineer but later a swirling current tore them from each other as the boat started to sink.

    The rescue team is trying to use a crane to lift the sunken boat out of the water; 27 rescue boats are on the scene.

    The tug was on its maiden voyage.

    The vessel supposedly violated rules by setting off without first registering with authorities, Bloomberg reports, quoting the government as saying in a statement.

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