22 Dead in Chinese Tugboat Disaster


On Thursday 15 January, 2015, a tugboat capsized along the Yangtze River, China, where 22 people have been confirmed dead.

The tugboat capsized while it was conducting tests near Zhangjiagang, in the Jiangsu Province in the People’s Republic of China, according to the BBC.

A survivor of the incident, Wang Chenhua, said that soon after a load test was carried out, the boat turned onto its left side.

He said that the crew had taken the boat out on a trial voyage before it capsized.

There were said to be eight foreign passengers on board: four Singaporeans, one Malaysian, one Indonesian, one Indian and one Japanese. Three Chinese passengers were rescued.

The boat did not properly report its route and work plans to the port authorities before it capsized.

(Source: TVNZ)

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