Rescue efforts continue on the overturn cruise ship Eastern Star that sank one day earlier. Some 1,000 police, 110 vessels and over 175 divers are involved in the search and rescue operations. The total rescued reached 14 as a few survivors were found trapped within the hull.
Reports say divers found a 21 year old man trapped in a small compartment who was able to use dive equipment to swim out the vessel. Rescuers cut a hole after hearing tapping inside the hull and rescued a 65 year old woman. Another person was found downstream after he had escaped out a window when the Eastern Star capsized. He had grabbed a life vest and floated some 10 hours down the river before being spotted by rescuers.
On May 30, the 193 meter long, 29980 dwt cargo vessel Rickmers Hamburg collided with the self-propelled barge Jiang Shun 1318 in the Bohai Sea off Tianjin, China. The Rickmers Hamburg was departing from Tianjin bound for Kobe, Japan when it struck the aft section of the Jiang Shun 1318. The barge partially sank as the stern flooded. One crewman was missing and another perished on the Jiang Shun. Authorities ordered the Rickmers Hamburg to an anchorage off Tianjin while an investigation is conducted.
The 135 meter long self-propelled barge Sandra W ran aground on the Rhine River near Mainz, Germany. The Sanda W was en route to Budapest from Tolkamer and had reached the mouth of the Main River. The barge was attempting to enter the Main when the river cruise ship River Ambassador appeared from under a nearby railway bridge. The vessels nearly collided, but luckily the Sandra W was able to do an emergency maneuver avoiding it. However, the maneuver sent the Sandra W into a fairway buoy before the barge touched the river bottom. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The River Ambassador continued on its voyage to Nuremberg from Mannheim while the Sandra W continued to Budapest.