Tug boat sinks in China's Yangtze River, S'poreans among missing

Tug boat sinks in China's Yangtze River, S'poreans among missing

SHANGHAI - More than 20 people are missing after a tug boat sank in the Yangtze River in China's eastern Jiangsu Province on Thursday, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Friday quoting local authorities.

Seven or eight foreigners working on the boat, including citizens of Singapore and Japan, were among the missing, it said. A French citizen may also be among the missing.

The tug was on a trial voyage when the accident happened on Thursday afternoon, Xinhua said. Three people had been rescued and a search and rescue mission is underway.

Jiangsu Party Secretary Luo Zhijun ordered authorities to put great effort into the search for those missing, Xinhua said.

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