Death toll rises as ship recovered

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Published: Saturday 6th June 2015 by The News Editor

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The death toll in China Eastern Star capsizing has risen to 331 as disaster teams searched the boat for bodies a day after pulling it upright and raising it from grey currents of the Yangtze River.

Authorities have attributed the overturning of the river cruise ship on Monday to sudden, severe winds, but also have placed the captain and first engineer under police custody.

Passengers’ relatives have raised questions about whether the ship should have continued its cruise after the storm started and despite a weather warning earlier in the evening.

State media outlets said hundreds more bodies were found overnight and today, bringing the death toll to 331.

The boat had more than 450 people aboard, many of them elderly tourists, for cruise from Nanjing to the south-western city of Chongqing. Fourteen people have survived.

Published: Saturday 6th June 2015 by The News Editor

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