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Part of capsized ship in central China rolled above water

Updated: Jun 5,2015 9:33 AM     Xinhua

The ship is laid on its side and the four characters in Chinese meaning “Eastern Star” emerge from water.[Photo/Xinhua]

JIANLI, Hubei province — One side of the capsized Eastern Star was rolled above water as of 7:30 am on June 5, as rescuers worked through the night to right the upturned ship in the Yangtze River.

The side that has emerged shows “Eastern Star” in Chinese character on the hull.

The search and rescue team started to right the capsized cruise ship at 8 pm June 4, according to the Ministry of Transport.

The ship has been hoisted by cranes capable of lifting the whole vessel and set it upright. Experts in diving, recovery, relief and ship design from across the country are on the spot to provide support.

The cruise ship carrying mainly elderly tourists was on a 11-day trip along the Yangtze River when it was immediately overturned by a freak tornado at night of June 1 in Jianli in central China’s Hubei province.

Death toll from the capsized ship carrying more than 450 people in the Yangtze River has risen to 82. Only 14 people have been found alive so far.

Photo taken on June 5, 2015 shows the capsized cruise ship Eastern Star being hoisted in the section of Jianli on the Yangtze River, central China’s Hubei province. One side of the capsized Eastern Star was rolled above water as of 7:30 am on June 5, as rescuers worked through the night to right the upturned ship in the Yangtze River. Over 450 people were on board the cruise when it sank on June 1 in Jianli.[Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on June 5, 2015 shows the capsized cruise ship Eastern Star being hoisted in the section of Jianli on the Yangtze River, central China’s Hubei province. One side of the capsized Eastern Star was rolled above water as of 7:30 am on June 5, as rescuers worked through the night to right the upturned ship in the Yangtze River. Over 450 people were on board the cruise when it sank on June 1 in Jianli.[Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on June 5, 2015 shows the capsized cruise ship Eastern Star being hoisted in the section of Jianli on the Yangtze River, central China’s Hubei province. One side of the capsized Eastern Star was rolled above water as of 7:30 am on June 5, as rescuers worked through the night to right the upturned ship in the Yangtze River. Over 450 people were on board the cruise when it sank on June 1 in Jianli.[Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on June 5, 2015 shows the capsized cruise ship Eastern Star being hoisted in the section of Jianli on the Yangtze River, central China’s Hubei province. One side of the capsized Eastern Star was rolled above water as of 7:30 am on June 5, as rescuers worked through the night to right the upturned ship in the Yangtze River. Over 450 people were on board the cruise when it sank on June 1 in Jianli.[Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on June 5, 2015 shows the capsized cruise ship Eastern Star being hoisted in the section of Jianli on the Yangtze River, central China’s Hubei province. One side of the capsized Eastern Star was rolled above water as of 7:30 am on June 5, as rescuers worked through the night to right the upturned ship in the Yangtze River. Over 450 people were on board the cruise when it sank on June 1 in Jianli.[Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on June 5, 2015 shows the capsized cruise ship Eastern Star being hoisted in the section of Jianli on the Yangtze River, central China’s Hubei province. One side of the capsized Eastern Star was rolled above water as of 7:30 am on June 5, as rescuers worked through the night to right the upturned ship in the Yangtze River. Over 450 people were on board the cruise when it sank on June 1 in Jianli.[Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on June 5, 2015 shows the capsized cruise ship Eastern Star being hoisted in the section of Jianli on the Yangtze River, central China’s Hubei province. One side of the capsized Eastern Star was rolled above water as of 7:30 am on June 5, as rescuers worked through the night to right the upturned ship in the Yangtze River. Over 450 people were on board the cruise when it sank on June 1 in Jianli.[Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on June 5, 2015 shows the capsized cruise ship Eastern Star being hoisted in the section of Jianli on the Yangtze River, central China’s Hubei province. One side of the capsized Eastern Star was rolled above water as of 7:30 am on June 5, as rescuers worked through the night to right the upturned ship in the Yangtze River. Over 450 people were on board the cruise when it sank on June 1 in Jianli.[Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on June 5, 2015 shows the capsized cruise ship Eastern Star being hoisted in the section of Jianli on the Yangtze River, central China’s Hubei province. One side of the capsized Eastern Star was rolled above water as of 7:30 am on June 5, as rescuers worked through the night to right the upturned ship in the Yangtze River. Over 450 people were on board the cruise when it sank on June 1 in Jianli.[Photo/Xinhua]

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