MV Dong Fang Zhi Xing Capsizes in Yangtze — 458 Aboard, Over 430 Missing 6-1-2015
Reuters is reporting that the China’s weather bureau said a tornado hit the area where the boat was, a freak occurrence in a country where tornados do happen but are not common. More than 430 people remain unaccounted for. Rescue teams are attempting to reach passengers who may be trapped inside the capsized hull. Twelve hours after the capsize, there are reports of passengers calling for help from with the ship.
UN confirms 800 dead in shipwreck disaster: as it happened on April 20 2015-04-19
700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean shipwreck
Italian coastguards have retrieved 28 survivors so far and about 20 bodies, according to the interior ministry, after the boat went down overnight about 60 miles (96km) off the Libyan coast and 120 miles (193km) south of the Italian island of Lampedusa.
The UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, told the Guardian that up to 700 may remain in the water, according to numbers supplied by a survivor. The accident happened after the migrants saw a merchant ship in the distance and scrambled to attract its attention, over-balancing the fishing boat in which they were travelling.
If confirmed, Sunday morning’s accident means that at least 1,500 migrants have died so far in 2015 while on route to Europe – at least 30 times higher than last year’s equivalent figure, which was itself a record. It comes just days after 400 others drowned last week in a similar incident.
The list of shipwrecks in 2015 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 2015.