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Rescuers 'hear trapped passengers calling for help'

Rescue workers have heard trapped passengers shouting for help from inside a capsized boat on the Yangtze River, according to Xinhua news agency.

Pictures beginning to emerge from the scene show rescue workers in orange vests standing on top of the sunken ship, which was carrying 458 people when it ran into trouble.

Rescue workers are seen standing on top of the sunken ship. Credit: Reuters

Rescue efforts continue with hundreds still missing

Rescue teams are continuing to work to save hundreds of people after a passenger ship sank following a cyclone in southern China.

Just 12 people have been saved so far, according to state media reports.

More than 450 people were on board the ship when it sank. Credit: Reuters
The Chinese Premier has rushed to the scene to coordinate the search and rescue mission. Credit: Reuters
Rescue workers carry a boat during the operation. Credit: Reuters


Ship carrying over 450 sinks in China's Yangtze River

A passenger ship carrying more than 450 people has sunk in the Yangtze River in southern China, according to state media reports.

The ship ran into trouble in the Yangtze River in southern China on Monday night. Credit: Google Maps

Eight people have been rescued so far, including the ship's captain and engineer, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Strong winds and heavy rain were hampering ongoing rescue efforts, Xinhua said.

The boat was travelling from Nanjing to the south-western city of Chongqing when it ran into trouble at around 9.30 pm local time on Monday.

At least 405 passengers and 47 crew members were reported to be on board at the time.

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