MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Most of the passengers of the Chinese Dongfangzhixing (Eastern Star) ship that sank Monday night in the Yangtze river are senior citizens aged 50 to 80, China’s CCTV channel reported Tuesday.
Earlier on Tuesday it was reported that the ship travelling from Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province, to the south-western city of Chongqing, sank at 9:28 p.m. local time (GMT 13:28) Monday after being caught in a cyclone.
The ship had more than 450 people aboard, including 405 passengers, five travel agency workers and 47 crew members. According to Xinhua, only 20 people have been rescued so far.
Rescue works are hampered by rain and fog.