Rescuers cut open ship’s hull
Administration confirmed on Tuesday that there had been a tornado in the area at the time of the accident with wind speeds exceeding 115 km/h.
Premier Li Keqiang urged an all-out rescue effort on Wednesday when he visited rescuers at the site. He also paid tribute to several dead passengers.
“As long as there is the slightest hope, we must go all-out to find the missing. It’s our obligation,” he said. rescue. He also demanded a thorough investigation.
One of the few survivors is 43-yearold tour agency employee Zhang Hui, who managed to escape with a life jacket as the ship was flipping over.
Zhu Hongmei, a 65-year-old woman who was trapped in an air pocket under the hull, was rescued on Tuesday after she was found by a diver who guided her out.
As thousands of rescuers, reporters and relatives of ship passengers flock to Jianli, the county of about 1.6 million people is facing mounting pressure on accommodations and traffic.
Chen Liang, who runs the Qianxi Hotel, offered 20 of the facility’s 30 rooms for free to relatives and friends of the passengers trapped in the ship. The other 10 rooms are reserved for search and rescue workers, he said.
“I don’t have more room to offer,” Chen said. “But my hotel can provide free meals to anyone who can show themselves to be a rescuer or a relative of a passenger.”
The Qianxi hotel provided at least 200 boxed lunches to rescuers on Wednesday. Liu Kun contributed to this story. Contact the writer at zhaohuanxin@ chinadaily.com.cn
With the hope of finding more survivors, a rescue worker starts to cut a hole in the bottom of the capsized Eastern Star in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River in Hubei province on Wednesday.