Thursday, November 19, 2009
Two people went missing in a ship collision in China's longest river of Yangtze Thursday, local government said. A vessel carrying 800 tonnes of sand collided with another loaded with 2,500 tonnes of steel and stone powders at about 3:10 a.m. in the Zhijiang section of Yangtze within the administration of Hubei Province in central China, according to the publicity office of the Zhijiang City government.One ship sank immediately, throwing all the three people onboard into the river. Rescuers have lifted 59-year-old sailor Yang Zuxin out of water and are searching for the ship owner He Mingqing, 55, and sailor Gong Huaming, 33. Yang was in stable condition in a hospital. Officials with the maritime safety authority of Yangtze River and the local public security bureau are investigating the causes of the accident.