Personal items belonging to passengers of the capsized cruise ship Eastern Star are salvaged in Jianlin, Hubei province, June 7, 2015. The death toll has climbed to 431 as of 11 a.m. Sunday. (Photo: Weibo of China Youth Daily)
The capsized Eastern Star cruise ship will be moved to allow divers to search for victims at the site.[Special coverage]
With eight victims still missing, the search and rescue headquarters will move the ship as soon as weather and water movements are favorable, Minister of Transport Yang Chuantang said Monday.
"A glimmer of hope deserves all-out efforts," he said.
Ministry sources said on Saturday the search for the missing victims would be extended for nearly 1,300 km along the Yangtze River between Jianli in Hubei Province, where the ship sank, downstream to the Wusong Estuary in Shanghai.
The Eastern Star with 456 people onboard was on an 11-day trip along the Yangtze when it was overturned by a tornado last Monday night.
Fourteen people survived the disaster. As of Monday, rescuers had retrieved the bodies of 434 victims.