Thursday, January 31, 2008
At least 15 people have drowned and one is missing after two ships collided at the mouth of the Yangtze river near Shanghai, Chinese officials have said. The dead were the crew of one of the two merchant ships, which had 17 people on board when it sank, the Bureau of Maritime Affairs told Chinese media.One sailor is still missing, while another was rescued after the crash. The 5,600km (3,500 mile) Yangtze river, which runs from the Tibetan plateau to the Pacific, is a major shipping route. The cause of the collision remains unclear, according to the Xinhua news agency.