Death toll in China cruise ship disaster rises to 103, says state TV, with 339 still missing.

Rescuers in central China slowly began to raise a cruise ship that capsized on the Yangtze River earlier this week and said there is no chance of finding anyone else alive, as the death toll reached at 103.

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Video shows that one side of the capsized Eastern Starwas rolled above water Friday morning after crews worked all night to right the vessel.

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Only 14 people have been rescued since the ship went down in severe weather late Monday. Well over 300 passengers, many of whom are elderly, remain missing.  Many are believed to be trapped in the hull.

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Transport Ministry spokesman Xu Chengguang told reporters Friday the ship will now be raised completely to begin the search for bodies.

The death toll is expected to drastically rise, likely making the incident China’s deadliest maritime disaster in decades.


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