外文标题：Hundreds feared dead after ship with over 450 on board sinks in China's Yangtze river
BEIJING: Chinese rescuers on Tuesday searched for hundreds missing after a passenger ship carrying more than 450 people capsized in the storm-hit Yangtze river, with several survivors reportedly confirmed trapped in the upturned hull.
State broadcaster CCTV said five bodies had been recovered and 12 people rescued from the Dongfangzhixing, or "Eastern Star" which sank late Monday en route from the eastern city of Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing.
Footage showed rescue workers tapping on the ship's hull, part of which remained above water, with some holding welding gear.
"Rescuers knocked on the ship and received responses," the Hubei Daily said. "Three people were found alive."
Teams of police worked to get small motor boats in the water in order to search for survivors in heavy rain, while other emergency personnel looked on from the shore.
CCTV said the 250-feet (76.5-metre) long vessel had floated three kilometres (1.9 miles) down river after it capsized in the Jianli region of central Hubei province.
Manas Tripathi ()
Hope loss of life in the tragedy is minimal.
Samir Kumar (Naihati)
Sad news. Any loss of life is painful
Godfather Senior (Mumbai)
Very sad. Presume the survivors are still holding high hope in the capsized ship. Pray the loss is minimum and many manage to return home. Sorry for the lost lives.
palakbbansal palakbbansal (delhi)
BAd news might they will be able to rescue people on time
Amit Rajput (Unknown)
it's unfortunate .may god bless
Arun PertiArun Perti (Unknown)
We are due to visit this very spot in September! Should we or not?
Amit G (Bangalore)
Very sad and unfortunate. RIP