China says Only 12, Not 14, People Survived Cruise Boat Capsizing


Chinese authorities slightly revised the number of people who survived when a river cruise ship capsized this month, saying that 12 of 454 people on board lived, down by two from the previously reported figure, a state broadcaster said Saturday.

China Central Television did not explain why the number of survivors from China’s deadliest boat disaster in decades had been revised.

It said each of the 454 people aboard the Eastern Star has been accounted for. There were 403 tourists, five tourism agency workers and 46 crew members on board when the boat capsized June 1 during a cruise on the Yangtze River.

Authorities have attributed the sinking to a freak storm that generated tornado-like winds, but also have launched an investigation and placed the surviving captain and his first engineer in police custody.


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