Rescuers cut Chinese ship’s hull in search for survivors

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Rescuers Wednesday started cutting through the hull of a capsized Chinese cruise ship, state media said, in a desperate effort to find survivors among more than 400 people still missing days after the disaster. Only 14 people have been found, along with 26 bodies, since the “Eastern Star” overturned late Monday in a storm on the Yangtze river, leaving part of the boat protruding from the murky water. Chinese state media agency Xinhua warned the disaster could become the deadliest in the country for almost seven decades as rescue workers started cutting a small hole in the bottom of the ship in an attempt to free anyone still inside. “The ship sank in a very short timeframe so…

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