Just awful news this morning out of China where a tourist ferry traveling on the Yangtze River capsized yesterday in heavy rain and high winds, with reports of most of the over 400 passengers still missing and presumed trapped in the overturned vessel. Photos from the scene show a massive rescue effort underway:

The Washington Post reports that it was a state-owned enterprise that arranged the tour:

Most of the passengers were between 50 and 80 years old and were traveling as part of a tour arranged by the state-owned Shanghai Xiehe Travel Agency. The youngest was only three, according to Xinhua.


It will be interesting to see if any of the many verified Tweeters who breathlessly criticized America’s infrastructure issues after the derailment of an Amtrak train near Philadelphia earlier this month have anything to say about what happened in China. Some examples:

Yes, let’s talk some more about “safety.”

Oh really? How can a ferry run by a centrally planned utopia sink?

Yeah, right. Define “winning” for us, will you please?

Editor’s note: The original title of this post read “away” instead of “await.” We apologize for the error.



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