Over 400 still missing from capsized ship on Yangtze River

Over 400 still missing from capsized ship on Yangtze River
Rescue workers transport the body of a victim of the capsized Eastern Star on Tuesday.

CHINA - 14 bodies recovered

By 9:30 am Wednesday, 14 people have been found alive and 14 bodies recovered, Xinhua said.

The search-and-rescue operation is divided into three groups: the first is responsible for cutting the bottom of the ship which emerged from water; the second will focus on underwater search; and the third will search along the river.

Holes drilled on hull

Search and rescue operation continued on Tuesday night. Search teams have cut open holes on the overturned hull, PLA Daily reported, citing Cheng Yong, deputy head of a fire squadron from Hubei province involved in the operation.

Cruise ship planned to lower anchor

"We will drop anchor behind you," crew of the capsized cruise ship Eastern Star said in a radio talk to a steamboat behind it, Chutian Metropolis Daily reported Tuesday night via its Sina Weibo account, citing captain of the steamboat. Last images released

Screenshot of a video show that the four-storey ship on the upper left corner is believed to be the Eastern Star cruise ship.

The accident: Cruise ship capsizes during sudden severe storm on Yangtze River

The rescue: 14 people have been saved, 428 are still missing and 14 confirmed dead

What's next: Investigation being launched into the cause of the river's worst disaster

Only 14 people have so far been found alive after the worst recorded ship disaster on the Yangtze River.

Seven bodies were recovered, and 435 people remain missing.

The cruise ship Eastern Star capsized in a storm at 9:28 pm on Monday in the section of the Yangtze that cuts through Central China's Hubei province.

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