Survivors pulled to safety after yells from capsized Chinese ship, hundreds still missing
BEIJING (AP) — Divers on Tuesday pulled two people alive from inside a capsized cruise ship and prepared to rescue at least four more, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said, giving some small hope to an apparently massive tragedy with well over 400 people still missing on the Yangtze River.
Only 18 people are known to have survived the capsizing of the ship, which held 458 people, most of them elderly passengers. At least seven swam ashore, but others were rescued more than 12 hours after the ship went down, after search teams climbed aboard the upside-down hull and heard people calling out from within.
Footage from the broadcaster showed rescuers in orange life vests climbing on the upside-down hull, with one of them lying down tapping a hammer and listening for a response, then gesturing downward.
Divers pulled out a 65-year-old woman and, later, a man who had been trapped, CCTV said. It said four additional survivors had been found and were being rescued, but did not say whether they were still inside the overturned hull.
Other survivors include the captain and chief engineer. Five people were confirmed dead in the accident in Hubei province Monday night during a cruise from Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing, the broadcaster and the official Xinhua News Agency said.
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Posted on Tue, June 2, 2015
by Associated Press