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Death toll climbs to 97 as capsized ship righted

(Xinhua)    11:50, June 05, 2015

JIANLI, Hubei Province, June 5 -- The death toll from a Chinese cruise ship that capsized on the Yangtze River has climbed to 97, the Ministry of Transport said Friday.

Xu Chengguang, the ministry's spokesman, said at a press conference that by 10:20 a.m., 97 bodies have been retrieved from the ship that had 456 people onboard when it capsized Monday night.

One side of the capsized Eastern Star was rolled above water at 7:30 a.m. Friday, as rescuers worked through the night to right the upturned ship in the Yangtze River.

The side that has emerged shows "Eastern Star" in Chinese character on the hull.

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Jin Chen,Bianji)

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