Hundreds of people are missing after a Chinese passenger ship sank in the Yangtze river

A ship floats down the Yangtze River. Photo: Getty Images

Rescue operations are underway after a passenger ship carrying more than 450 people sank in the Yangtze river in Southern China.

The Xinhua News Agency reports one person is dead and eight people have been rescued so far, with further recoveries being carried out.

Strong winds and heavy rain are hampering rescue efforts.

The vessel — Dongfangzhixing (translates to Eastern Star) — sank around 9:30pm on Monday while travelling from Nanjing, roughly 300km up the river from Shanghai, to the southwestern city of Chongqing.

The state media agency reports the ship did not make an SOS call before capsizing.

The ship’s captain and engineer, who were rescued, said the vessel sank rapidly after it was caught in a storm.

There were 405 Chinese passengers onboard, 47 crew and five travel agency employees.

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