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Death toll from China’s ship capsize rises to 97
June 5, 2015, 4:51 am

Rescuers work on the top of the sunk cruise ship Eastern Star in the section of Jianli on the Yangtze River, central China's Hubei Province, June 5, 2015 [Xinhua]

Rescuers work on the top of the sunk cruise ship Eastern Star in the section of Jianli on the Yangtze River, central China’s Hubei Province, June 5, 2015 [Xinhua]

The death toll from a Chinese cruise ship that capsized on the Yangtze River has climbed to 97, the Ministry of Transport said Friday.

Xu Chengguang, the ministry’s spokesman, said at a press conference that by 10:20 am (local time), 97 bodies have been retrieved from the ship that had 456 people onboard when it capsized Monday night.

One side of the capsized Eastern Star was rolled above water on Friday morning, as rescuers worked through the night to right the upturned ship in the Yangtze River.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has demanded a serious investigation into the cause of the tragedy.

Of the 456 people on board the Eastern Star, only 14 have been rescued so far.

Transport Ministry spokesperson Xu Chengguang said that with the aim to “search for and find the missing people in the shortest possible time” and “protect the dignity of the deceased to the greatest extent”, authorities wanted to lift the ship “as soon as possible”.

 

Source: Agencies

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