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Boat with more than 400 people aboard sinks in China's Yangtze River; rescue work is underway

  • Rescue workers prepare to head out on boats on the Yangtze River to search for missing passengers after a ship capsized in central China's Hubei province Tuesday, June 2, 2015.  The passenger ship carrying more than 450 people sank overnight in the Yangtze River during a storm in southern China, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT

    Rescue workers prepare to head out on boats on the Yangtze River to search for missing passengers after a ship capsized in central China's Hubei province Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The passenger ship carrying more than 450 people sank overnight in the Yangtze River during a storm in southern China, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Rescue workers prepare to head out on boats on the Yangtze River to search for missing passengers after a ship capsized in central China's Hubei province Tuesday, June 2, 2015.  The passenger ship carrying more than 450 people sank overnight in the Yangtze River during a storm in southern China, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT

    Rescue workers prepare to head out on boats on the Yangtze River to search for missing passengers after a ship capsized in central China's Hubei province Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The passenger ship carrying more than 450 people sank overnight in the Yangtze River during a storm in southern China, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Rescue workers prepare to head out on boats on the Yangtze River to search for missing passengers after a ship capsized in central China's Hubei province Tuesday, June 2, 2015.  The passenger ship carrying more than 450 people sank overnight in the Yangtze River during a storm in southern China, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT

    Rescue workers prepare to head out on boats on the Yangtze River to search for missing passengers after a ship capsized in central China's Hubei province Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The passenger ship carrying more than 450 people sank overnight in the Yangtze River during a storm in southern China, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT  (The Associated Press)

A passenger ship carrying more than 444 people sank overnight in the Yangtze River in southern China, and seven people have been rescued, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday.

Further rescue work was under way, Xinhua said. The boat was going from Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing when it sank at about 9:28 p.m. Monday night, the report said.

Xinhua said the boat was carrying 397 Chinese passengers, five travel agency employees and 42 crew members.