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Rescuers try to pull people from sunken boat in China

Rescue workers stood on the overturned hull of a cruise boat in China’s Yangtze River on Tuesday, hoping to extract more than 400 passengers still trapped underneath.

Foul weather made it difficult for divers to help the passengers of the four-deck Eastern Star, which capsized in a tornado on Monday. They were able to save about a dozen people out of the 458 people aboard by Tuesday. Six bodies were recovered.

The cruise was scheduled to go from Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing.

Rescue workers carry a body from a sunken ship in the Yangtze River. Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Rescue workers carry a body from a sunken ship in the Yangtze River. Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Distraught relatives gathered in Shanghai, where many passengers on the boat booked their trip.

People could be heard calling for help from underneath the hull, Xinhua news agency reported.

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