4. Yangtze ship disaster
The Eastern Star is lifted out of water by rescuers. Photo: CNR
A passenger ship named Eastern Star carrying more than 450 people capsized after being caught in a tornado in Hubei section of the Yangtze River on June 2, causing China’s worst shipwreck in more than 60 years.
All the passengers aboard, on a sightseeing trip from Nanjing to Chongqing, died except the captain and chief engineer. The ship’s safety was under scrutiny but no one has been convicted of wrongdoing so far.
Yangtze ship disaster