More bod­ies pulled from ship

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

Ships blared their horns for three min­utes and res­cuers bowed in si­lence to honor more than 430 vic­tims of the Yangtze River boat cap­siz­ing, as spe­cial­ists be­gan work­ing on DNA sam­ples from rel­a­tives to iden­tify the dead.

The toll from the June 1 over­turn­ing of the Eastern Star cruise ship rose to 431 dead, with 11 peo­ple still miss­ing, said Hu Kai­hong, the vice direc­tor-gen­eral of the press bureau of the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice. Four­teen peo­ple sur­vived, mostly by swim­ming or drift­ing. Three were pulled by divers from the over­turned hull Tues­day.

Af­ter the ship was pulled up­right by cranes and thor­oughly checked by Satur­day, the search for ad­di­tional bod­ies turned to the river down­stream, Hu said.

Au­thor­i­ties planned to ex­pand the search from the Hubei prov­ince dis­as­ter site as far east as Shang­hai, more than 600 miles away.

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