Ship Capsizes in China's Yangtze River Amid Stormy Weather, Hundreds Missing

Rescue efforts are ongoing on the Yangtze River in the Hubei province of China after a cruise boat ran into stormy weather.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Anthony Sagliani, "A stalled frontal boundary nearby at the time of the accident was causing numerous thunderstorms with gusty winds in the area."

Reuters reported that more than 400 people were onboard the ship when it capsized. Five people have been rescued, when they were found trapped in the upturned hull of the cruise ship, according to Reuters.

Rescue efforts are ongoing in the approximately 15 meter (50 feet) deep water, and more adverse weather may hamper search operations over the next day or two.

"Because of the stalled front, additional showers and thunderstorms with the potential for strong winds will continue to affect the region over the next 24-36 hours and may make rescue efforts even more challenging," Sagliani said.