As long as there is the slight­est hope, we must go all-out to find the miss­ing. It’s our obli­ga­tion”

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Three sal­vage ships were pre­par­ing to get the Eastern Star out of the 15me­ter­deep wa­ter, the min­istry said.

The search ef­forts were to con­tinue through the night, said Xu Cheng­guang, a spokesman for the min­istry. Res­cuers have ex­panded their search for sur­vivors to 220 kilo­me­ters down­stream.

The wa­ter near the ship is murky, im­ped­ing the res­cue ef­fort, Xu said.

When the ship cap­sized, ob­jects in­side were tossed about and could now block pas­sages, com­pli­cat­ing the un­der­wa­ter res­cue, he said.

The Eastern Star cap­sized near Jianli in Cen­tral China’s Hubei prov­ince at 9:28 pm on Mon­day.

The sight­see­ing ship was headed from Nan­jing in eastern China to Chongqing when it en­coun­tered a heavy storm. It turned up­side down al­most in­stantly, ac­cord­ing to the ship’s cap­tain and chief en­gi­neer, who have been de­tained by po­lice for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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Li and other se­nior of­fi­cials called for gov­ern­ment de­part­ments on Tues­day to mo­bi­lize all nec­es­sary re­sources and pro­vide max­i­mum sup­port for the

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