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Ship salvaged as rescuers rule out finding survivors

Chinese rescue workers have fully righted a ship which capsized on the Yangtze River as officials warned more than 400 people are likely to have died in the disaster.

Rescuers work on righting the capsized cruise ship Eastern Star. Credit: Reuters

The Eastern Star ship, which was carrying 456 passengers, sunk in a severe storm on Monday night.

Only 14 survivors have been found so far and authorities said the chance of finding anyone else alive was "very slim".

The operation to right the ship signalled a shift in focus from finding survivors to recovering bodies.

The incident will be the country's deadliest boat disaster in decades, and families of those feared to have died have expressed anger at the response of the Chinese authorities to the disaster.

Chinese ship death toll rises as families' anger grows

At least 65 people have died and more than 370 remain missing after a ship capsized on China's Yangtze River, according to state media reports.

Family members of passengers of a sunken cruise ship push a cordon. Credit: Reuters

Only 14 survivors - including the captain - have been found since the ship carrying 456 people overturned in apparently severe weather on Monday night.

Families of those feared to have died have reacted angrily to the lack of information coming from the authorities.

Relatives have urged the government to release the names of survivors and those who have died, and have also questioned why most of those rescued were crew members.


Families of China cruise ship victims desperate for news

Relatives of 400 people who are still missing after a Chinese cruise ship capsized on Monday are still anxiously waiting for news as the likelihood of finding any more survivors ended.

The families are desperate with grief and also furious at the way they are being treated by the authorities.

ITV News' China Correspondent Lucy Watson reports from the Yangtze River.

Chinese boat death toll creeps up to 26

The bodies of 26 victims have now been recovered from the wreckage of the ship that capsized in the Yangtze river on Monday, according to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

14 people are so far said to have survived, some of them by swimming ashore. This number has not now changed for a day, and the vast majority of the 456 people on board remain missing.

Many of those missing are elderly tourists, and fears are growing for their safety, with weather conditions in the area remaining poor.

Chinese ship death toll rises to 18 as hopes fade

Rescuers listen for sounds of survival Credit: REUTERS/China Daily

The official death toll on the capsized Chinese tourist boat on the Yangtze river has more than doubled overnight to 18.

Scores of divers are searching more than 200km of water as they look for more survivors from the boat's compliment of 458 crew and passengers.

With many of the missing being elderly tourists, however, hopes are fading as the search enters a second day.

Zhang Hui, a tour guide who survived the disaster, told the official Xinhua news agency that it was raining so hard water was seeping through cabin windows, and that the ship then listed violently.

"I thought, 'this isn't right', and I told my colleague, 'I think we're in trouble'. After I said that, the ship flipped over. It only took 30 seconds or a minute," Zhang said.

Search for survivors continues after Chinese ship disaster

Hundreds of people remain missing after a Chinese passenger ship capsized in the Yangtze River.

Rescue workers are seen atop the sunken ship. Credit: Reuters

Just 14 of the 456 people on board the ship, which overturned in bad weather, have been found alive so far.

Rescue teams are working through the night in a bid to find survivors.

The disaster could become the deadliest Chinese maritime accident in decades.


Capsized Chinese boat rescue continues overnight

Rescue work continued on the Yangtze River today, with emergency services battling to find survivors as night fell.

More than 450 people were on board a tourist boat which capsized when it hit a freak tornado.

Police, soldiers and medical workers were all scrambling to help at what is feared to be China's worst shipping disaster in 70 years.

Ship's captain and chief engineer 'detained by police'

The captain and chief engineer of a passenger ship that capsized in southern China have been detained by police for questioning, Xinhua news agency reported.

File picture of Eastern Star Credit: China Central Television/CCTV

Initial investigations have found the ship, named Eastern Star, was not overloaded and had enough life vests on board for its passengers, the agency said.

Vice general manager of Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corporation, which owned the ship, said it had never suffered an incident of this magnitude.

Capsized ship deathtoll increases to six

Rescue teams work to find survivors Credit: RTV

Six bodies have now been recovered from a passenger ship that capsized in the Yangtze River in southern China but more than 430 people are still unaccounted for, state media reported.

At least 18 people are reported to have been rescued from the ship, which was carrying more than 450 people.

'18 survivors' pulled to safety from capsized ship

A 65-year-old woman is led to safety Credit: Reuters

At least 18 people have now been rescued from a passenger ship that capsized in the Yangtze River in southern China, local media reported.

A 65-year-old woman was among those pulled to safety from the ship.

More than 50 boats and 3,000 people are involved in the rescue effort at the scene.

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