Sailor saved after 39-hour stay under Yangtze
By Bao Xinyan (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-01-14 05:28
NANJING: A sailor aboard a sunken tugboat had a 10-square-metre accommodation
to thank when he was rescued after a 39-hour stay at the bottom of the Yangtze
River, the Yangtze Evening News reported on Friday.
Guo Linyuan, 31, a villager from Yaowan town of Xuzhou, a city in northern
Jiangsu Province in East China, told his survival story at a nearby hospital,
saying he still felt very frightened.
He said it was the accommodation that saved his life.
An unidentified watercraft crashed into a group of tugboats at about 7:30pm
on Tuesday near Zhenjiang, causing three tugboats to sink to the bottom of the
river. The accident left Guo 14 metres below the water's surface.
As his tugboat sank rapidly, Guo was stuck in the accommodation and was
surprised to find an air-tight space of less than 1 square metre in the room.
Feeling cold and gripped by horror, especially aware there were boats sailing
on the river above, he said the thing he feared most was that his precious air
space would collapse. He tried to forget how tired and hungry he was.
The Zhenjiang Maritime Safety Administration arrived on the scene and began
to carry out the rescue and salvage the wrecks.
Guo was finally saved at 10:40am on Thursday and sent to the hospital.
There was a second person aboard the boat lost in the accident Guo's wife, Wu
Xueli, 30. She was still missing as of Friday night. The two of them began
working on the tugboat from July 20 of last year.
Xiong Jinshan, 60, manages the Jiangsu Wrecking Company, which was
responsible for the salvage work.
He said: "This is the first time I've ever seen a miracle like