Rescue workers cut open ship's hull

Updated: 2015-06-04 03:54

By ZHAO HUANXIN and ZHAO YINAN in Jianli, Hubei, and WANG XIAODONG in Beijing(China Daily)

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Rescuers cut ship, look for missing people

The rescuers cut holes at three spots on the hull where survivors are most likely to be found. The holes will be sealed to avoid further sinking if no survivors are found there.

The first hole was cut open last night and sealed. The work at the second spot began at 7:20 am Thursday and now the third hole is also being cut.

Rescue workers cut open ship's hull

Search efforts continue

More than 200 divers continue their underwater search for survivors.

65 bodies found

By 8:00 am Thursday, 65 bodies have been recovered, and only 14 of 456 people on board found alive, CCTV News reported.

Rescue workers cut open ship's hull

Rescuers recovered two bodies on June 3. [Photo/Xinhua]

Search area expanded

The search-and-rescue effort has expanded to 220 km downstream where the accident occurred.

Photo of captain released

Rescue workers cut open ship's hull

The captain of the sunken cruise ship Eastern Star, Zhang Shunwen, has been under spotlight.

Born in 1963, Zhang has been working for 35 years and became captain of the ship in 2007.

His experience as a sailor was flawless with numerous awards.

More relatives arrive at Jianli

More than 200 relatives of victims have arrived at Jianli county Wednesday night, where they were received by designated staff.

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