10 dead, five missing after Chinese river ferry capsizes in bad weather
Chinese media reports that 10 people are confirmed dead while another five are still missing after a ferry capsized in the Zangke River in the south-western province of Guizhou on Saturday, September 18.
The ferry operated by Xiling Shipping was sailing along the Zangke as the area was beset by bad weather on Saturday.
Witnesses said the resulting rough waters caused the vessel to keel over at around 16:50 local time.
The subsequent search and rescue (SAR) operation led to the recovery of 39 people from the capsized ferry. Tragically, eight of those who were rescued later succumbed to their injuries.
Another two deceased individuals were pulled from the water as the SAR effort lasted well into Sunday, September 19.
SAR teams are continuing to scour the surrounding waters for any sign of the five passengers who are still missing.
Local authorities believe the ferry was carrying passengers beyond its rated maximum capacity of 40 people when it capsized.