BEIJING (dpa) – Twenty-two people were missing after a boat capsized on the Yangtze River in eastern China, a news report said Friday.
The missing included four Singaporeans, an Indonesian, a Malaysian, an Indian and a Japanese national, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The agency had earlier reported that a French citizen was among the missing.
The tug boat carrying 25 people sank during a test around 3pm (0700 GMT) Thursday, the report said, citing the provincial maritime rescue centre.
Three people were rescued.
Search operations were hampered by swift currents and the cold water, the report cited rescuers as saying.
The team was trying to use a crane to lift the capsized boat out of the water, according to photographs accompanying the report.
Thirty other boats were searching the area.
“We had just finished the load test on the main engine of the boat, when it suddenly turned on its side,” Wang Zhenkai, one of the rescued, was quoted as saying.
“Water immediately filled in,” said Wang, an interpreter for a Japanese engineer on the boat.
He was rescued at 5.36am after rescuers cut through the hull of the boat, and was in a stable condition in hospital, the report said.