Hundreds more bodies from the Eastern Star were found after disaster teams stabilised the cruiser in an upright position, according to officials in the rescue headquarters in Jianli, central China's Hubei Province.
 
So far 396 bodies have been recovered from the four-storey cruise ship while a total of 46 people are still missing. Authorities requested that river traffic and others along the river alert them if they noticed any floating bodies.

Only 14 survivors, including the captain and chief engineer who swam to the shore, have been found after the ship carrying over 450 Chinese holiday-makers mostly elderly sank within two minutes on Monday night.

The ship was on an 11-day trip along the Yangtze when it overturned in Jianli in central China's Hubei Province.

Disaster teams yesterday put chains around the hull and used cranes to completely righted the 2,200-tonne ship and then gradually lift it out of the waters of the Yangtze after an overnight risky operation, three days after the capsize.
    
Meanwhile, Jiang Zhao, legal representative of Chongqing Dongfang Shipping Company that owns the Eastern Star, late last night apologised to all the victims and their families and promised to cooperate with any investigation.
    
The 76.5-meter vessel had been in service for nearly 20 years and can carry up to 534 people. It went through an annual maintenance in late 2014, and was qualified to cruise until April 25, 2016, according to Jiang.
    
More than 3,400 soldiers and 1,700 police together with 149 vessels and a helicopter have taken part in the rescue mission.

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