48 hours after ship sinks in China's Yangtze River

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  Rescuers prepare for the salvage operation for the cruise ship Eastern Star that capsized late on Monday in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River in central China's Hubei Province, June 3, 2015. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)

  BEIJING, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Two days have passed after a cruise ship capsized on the Yangtze River during heavy rains. As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, 26 people have been confirmed dead, 14 survivors were rescued and over 400, many of them elderly, remained missing.

  Rescue workers are cutting into the hull of the cruise ship Eastern Star that capsized late on Monday in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River in central China's Hubei Province, June 3, 2015. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)

  CUTTING A HOLE

  On Wednesday evening, rescuers cut into the hull of the ship in an escalated effort to find survivors believed to be trapped inside.

  Rescuers plan to cut a 55-60cm rectangular hole on the bottom of the upturned ship to give divers better access, the rescue headquarters at the site told Xinhua.

  "The ship sank in a very short time frame, so there could still be air trapped in the hull," Li Qixiu of the Naval University of Engineering told Xinhua over telephone. "That means there could still be survivors."

  The main difficulty rescuers will face is holding the vessel steady to prevent it from sinking further during the operation. The escape of any air trapped inside the hull could cause the ship to lose what buoyancy it has and sink deeper, he said.

  Li said divers had managed to attach the steel cables to the hull and the plan was to support the ship with cranes while rescuers searched inside.

  Rescuers try to carry a victim body at the site of the overturned ship in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River, central China's Hubei Province, June 3, 2015. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)

  CIVILIANS' HELP

  The civilian rescuers, some only with homemade equipment, are battling waves, gales and downpours after a cruise ship capsized in stormy weather Monday night on the Yangtze River.

  Feng Kaimin, a villager in Guangxinzhou Town, Yueyang City, heard a call for help from the roaring Yangtze River at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when he was fixing a stone-carrying belt.

  He walked down the bank, confirming that a person was in the river. He then called a friend and they boarded a small boat.

  Feng, a skilled fisherman, navigated through the heavy rain while gales caused waves to batter the boat. They found Jiang Geng, a passenger who jumped out of the Eastern Star cruise ship seconds before it was knocked down by a tornado.

  "He was very excited to see us. He was very tired," Feng said.

  Feng and his friend pulled Jiang out of the water and turned the boat back.

  "The wind was too strong. It took us more than two hours to return," Feng said. "We all ran out of strength when we got back to shore."

  Relatives of passengers on the overturned ship wait for information at a reception center in Shanghai, east China, June 3, 2015. (Xinhua/Pei Xin)

  "LOOKS LIKE WE ARE IN TROUBLE"

  Zhang Hui, 43, a travel agency employee, was rescued on Tuesday after floating for 10 hours with a life jacket.

  He felt the rain began to pound the right side of the ship, with water seeping inside the cabins around 9:00 p.m. Monday.

  Twenty minutes later, he noticed the ship had begun to tilt. He grabbed a life jacket and drifted in the river as the ship sank.

  He remembered seeing around a dozen people in the water yelling for help.

  Five minutes later, only three to four could be heard. Their voices waned half an hour later, Zhang recalled.

  Zhang struggled to keep awake in the cold water. "Just hang in there a little longer, I told myself."

  As dawn approached, Zhang saw land. He stumbled on toward the buildings and was eventually discovered and sent to a hospital.

  Chinese Premier Li Keqiang(C Front) mourns for victims at the site of overturned ship in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River in central China's Hubei Province, June 3, 2015. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

  ALL-OUT EFFORTS

  Chinese Premier Li Keqiang praised the work of those searching for missing passengers in the Yangtze River after Monday's fatal accident, and urged local authorities to ensure their well being.

  "The search and rescue mission is very physically demanding, and providing high-nutritional, high-energy food for the rescuers is of utmost importance so that they can re-energize and redouble their efforts," Li said.

  "As long as there is the slightest hope, we must go all-out to find the missing. It's our obligation," he added.

   48 hours after ship sinks in China's Yangtze River

  English.news.cn 2015-06-04 02:25:18

  Rescuers prepare for the salvage operation for the cruise ship Eastern Star that capsized late on Monday in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River in central China's Hubei Province, June 3, 2015. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)

  BEIJING, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Two days have passed after a cruise ship capsized on the Yangtze River during heavy rains. As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, 26 people have been confirmed dead, 14 survivors were rescued and over 400, many of them elderly, remained missing.

  Rescue workers are cutting into the hull of the cruise ship Eastern Star that capsized late on Monday in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River in central China's Hubei Province, June 3, 2015. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)

  CUTTING A HOLE

  On Wednesday evening, rescuers cut into the hull of the ship in an escalated effort to find survivors believed to be trapped inside.

  Rescuers plan to cut a 55-60cm rectangular hole on the bottom of the upturned ship to give divers better access, the rescue headquarters at the site told Xinhua.

  "The ship sank in a very short time frame, so there could still be air trapped in the hull," Li Qixiu of the Naval University of Engineering told Xinhua over telephone. "That means there could still be survivors."

  The main difficulty rescuers will face is holding the vessel steady to prevent it from sinking further during the operation. The escape of any air trapped inside the hull could cause the ship to lose what buoyancy it has and sink deeper, he said.

  Li said divers had managed to attach the steel cables to the hull and the plan was to support the ship with cranes while rescuers searched inside.

  Rescuers try to carry a victim body at the site of the overturned ship in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River, central China's Hubei Province, June 3, 2015. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)

  CIVILIANS' HELP

  The civilian rescuers, some only with homemade equipment, are battling waves, gales and downpours after a cruise ship capsized in stormy weather Monday night on the Yangtze River.

  Feng Kaimin, a villager in Guangxinzhou Town, Yueyang City, heard a call for help from the roaring Yangtze River at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when he was fixing a stone-carrying belt.

  He walked down the bank, confirming that a person was in the river. He then called a friend and they boarded a small boat.

  Feng, a skilled fisherman, navigated through the heavy rain while gales caused waves to batter the boat. They found Jiang Geng, a passenger who jumped out of the Eastern Star cruise ship seconds before it was knocked down by a tornado.

  "He was very excited to see us. He was very tired," Feng said.

  Feng and his friend pulled Jiang out of the water and turned the boat back.

  "The wind was too strong. It took us more than two hours to return," Feng said. "We all ran out of strength when we got back to shore."

  Relatives of passengers on the overturned ship wait for information at a reception center in Shanghai, east China, June 3, 2015. (Xinhua/Pei Xin)

  "LOOKS LIKE WE ARE IN TROUBLE"

  Zhang Hui, 43, a travel agency employee, was rescued on Tuesday after floating for 10 hours with a life jacket.

  He felt the rain began to pound the right side of the ship, with water seeping inside the cabins around 9:00 p.m. Monday.

  Twenty minutes later, he noticed the ship had begun to tilt. He grabbed a life jacket and drifted in the river as the ship sank.

  He remembered seeing around a dozen people in the water yelling for help.

  Five minutes later, only three to four could be heard. Their voices waned half an hour later, Zhang recalled.

  Zhang struggled to keep awake in the cold water. "Just hang in there a little longer, I told myself."

  As dawn approached, Zhang saw land. He stumbled on toward the buildings and was eventually discovered and sent to a hospital.

  Chinese Premier Li Keqiang(C Front) mourns for victims at the site of overturned ship in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River in central China's Hubei Province, June 3, 2015. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

  ALL-OUT EFFORTS

  Chinese Premier Li Keqiang praised the work of those searching for missing passengers in the Yangtze River after Monday's fatal accident, and urged local authorities to ensure their well being.

  "The search and rescue mission is very physically demanding, and providing high-nutritional, high-energy food for the rescuers is of utmost importance so that they can re-energize and redouble their efforts," Li said.

  "As long as there is the slightest hope, we must go all-out to find the missing. It's our obligation," he added.

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