The death toll from the Chinese cruise ship that overturned in the Yangtze River with hundreds of people aboard earlier this week jumped to 431 people on Sunday.
11 people were still missing less than a week after The Eastern Star, which was carrying 456 people, capsized during a storm. Only 14 survivors, including the captain, were found.
The ship was successfully lifted from the water late Friday evening, allowing the water to drain from its cabins and returning the vessel to floating position. Once upright, the decks were again walkable, making further exploration easier and more efficient for the rescuers.
The rescue operation for the catastrophe — one of China’s deadliest maritime accidents in decades — has been strong and persistent, with 150 other ships, 59 machines, more than 3,400 Chinese troops and 1,700 parliamentary personnel supporting with efforts, Reuters reported.
Still, families continued to demand answers regarding the details of the sinking, as hope for finding more survivors remained dim.