China Blames Weather for Cruise Ship Disaster as Charges Loom

BEIJING, Dec 30 (Reuters) - A formal inquiry has concluded that freak weather led to the sinking of a Yangtze River cruise ship in June that killed 442 people and recommended that the captain be investigated for possible crimes, media reported on Thursday. A cabinet-level investigation team concluded the disaster was "caused by strong winds and heavy rains resulting from a … [Read more...]

Eastern Star Tragedy – China Gathers “Multitude” of Evidence in Cruise Ship Sinking Probe

  BEIJING, June 10 (Reuters) - Chinese investigators looking into last week's deadly capsizing of a packed cruise ship have collected a "multitude of first-hand evidence" and have interviewed many people including the captain, state media said on Wednesday. Only 14 survivors, one of them the captain, were found after the ship carrying 456 overturned in a freak … [Read more...]

Death Toll Jumps in China, Company Says Sorry

(Reuters)The death toll from a Chinese cruise ship which capsized during a storm in the Yangtze River jumped to 396 on Saturday, leaving fewer than 50 still missing, as the boat operator apologized and said it would cooperate with investigations. Only 14 survivors, one of them the captain, have been found after the ship carrying 456 overturned in a freak tornado on Monday … [Read more...]

Eastern Star Owner Ordered To Dock And Disembark 2nd Vessel

(Reuters)The owner of a ship that capsized on China's Yangtze river with 456 people aboard has been ordered to suspend operations of a second boat and carry out safety probes on its entire fleet, an official at the Yangtze river authority said on Thursday. The death toll from the stricken Eastern Star, which overturned in a freak tornado on Monday night, has risen to 65, but … [Read more...]