Eastern Star cruise ship sinks during storm with over 450 aboard

Cruise Ship Sinking: Eastern Star #cruise ship sinks during storm with over 450 aboard. Rescue underway.

On Monday, June 1, 2015, around 9:38 pm, Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corporation’s Eastern Star sinks during a Cyclone on the Yangtze River in China, about 110 miles west of the Hubei provincial capital of Wuhan.

There were 456 people aboard, when the cruise ship was hit by reported 80 mph winds, listed an estimated 45 degrees, then flipped over.

The area had received about six inches of rain in the prior 24 hours with winds reaching 80 mph during the storm. Meteorologist from China said that a tornado flipped the cruise ship.

The tornado, rated an EF-1 with wind speeds of 86-100 mph when it struck Eastern Star, was about a half-mile wide and lasted for about 15 to 20 minutes.

The Eastern Star cruise ship known as MV Dong Fang Zhi Xing in China, 251 feet long and 36 feet wide, was carrying 405 passengers, 5 travel tour agents and a crew of 46 during a, 11-day, 930 mile cruise ship voyage from Nanjing to Chongqing, China.   Read more on Cruise Ship Sinking