Res­cuers cut open ship’s hull

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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

LI XI / HUBEI DAILY

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.

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