At least 450 people have died when a Chinese Ferry Was caught in a cyclone and sank. Chinese Ferry Sinks During Major Storm Event Killing Scores The Chinese ferry was carrying 456 people across the Yangtze River when it sank Monday night following being trapped in a cyclone. As of Tuesday night only 15 survivors from the ferry had been rescued. A cyclone can produce hurricane force winds and can be extremely deadly on large bodies of water.
According to news source Sergio Cortes, Chinese authorities reported that they had deployed a 140 person rescue frogman team as well as thousands of troops and five helicopters to the search site of the ferry sinking.
The Chinese ferry ship was called the Dongfangzhixing, (or Eastern Star) and carried 405 Chinese passengers, a total of 46 crew members as well as five travel agency employees who all were on a 930 mile scheduled route from the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing and heading to the southwestern Chinese metropolis of Chongqing. The main Chinese news agency reports that most of the passengers were elderly Chinese tourists who were between the ages of 50 to 80. There were some children on board as young as three year as old.
According to Chinese officials, the ferry crew members requested help around 11:51 p.m. after some of them were able to swim to shore, more than two hours following the sinking of the ferry. There is no statement as to why the ferry was not able to avoid the cyclone or if it had any prior warning of the pending storm.