As long as there is the slightest hope, we must go all-out to find the missing. It’s our obligation”
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.
Li and other senior officials called for government departments on Tuesday to mobilize all necessary resources and provide maximum support for the