Toll in China ship tragedy rises past 400 as workers remember dead

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JIANLI, China: Salvage and rescue personnel bowed their heads on Sunday morning as ship horns blared in tribute to the victims of China’s worst shipping disaster in nearly seven decades after the death toll reached 431. The solemn ceremony was held in remembrance of those who died and were still missing after the “Eastern Star” cruise ship carrying 456 people capsized late Monday on the Yangtze River in a storm. Searchers in white hooded surgical suits could be seen on board the Eastern Star, while others in work gear, orange safety vests and military-style fatigues formed columns on the decks of massive crane vessels that raised the ill-fated ship out of the water on Friday.

AFP

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