Zhu Hongmei, 65, is saved from the water near the capsized ship Eastern Star, which overturned in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River in Hubei province, on Monday night. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)
The accident: Cruise ship capsizes during sudden severe storm on Yangtze River
The rescue: 14 people have been saved, 435 are still missing and 7 confirmed dead
What's next: Investigation being launched into the cause of the river's worst disaster
Only 14 people have so far been found alive after the worst recorded ship disaster on the Yangtze River.[Special coverage]
Seven bodies were recovered, and 435 people remain missing.
The cruise ship Eastern Star capsized in a storm at 9:28 pm on Monday in the section of the Yangtze that cuts through Central China's Hubei province.
The ship turned upside down in the 15-meter-deep water.
A rescue campaign is being coordinated by Premier Li Keqiang's office, but due to a lack of heavy duty equipment and expert personnel in the area, progress has been slow.
Seven survivors were rescued from the turbulent Yangtze waters, and the others were pulled from the overturned hull.
Tan Zhenxing, 28, looked harried on Tuesday night as he stood about 13 km from the site. Tan said he was overwhelmed when he heard that the Eastern Star had overturned, as his parents, both in their mid-50s, were on board.
"My father has worked on the ship for more than 10 years, and my mother joined him a year ago," the Chongqing resident said. "I'm hoping for a miracle."
The cruise ship had set out from Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and was on its way to Chongqing in the southwest, with 46 crew members, five tour guides and 405 tourists, all from the Chinese mainland, on board, according to the Yangtze River navigation administration.
Most of the passengers were retirees. The youngest person on the passenger list authorities released was 3 years old and the oldest 83. The majority were aged between 50 and 80.