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Photos Of China's Cruise Ship Tragedy Capture The Desperate Effort To Rescue Survivors

06/02/2015 10:40 am ET | Updated Jun 03, 2015

A cruise ship carrying 458 people capsized during a storm on China's Yangtze river on Monday night, leaving more than 400 missing.

The four-level ship was on its way from the city of Nanjing to the city of Chongqing, the Associated Press reports. Many of the passengers were retirees.

Several survivors swam ashore on Monday night and divers pulled three people alive from inside the ship on Tuesday, bringing the total of those rescued to 15. At least five people were confirmed dead.

Photos published on Tuesday showed the tireless efforts of divers and rescue teams to find more survivors in the water.

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    Rescuers search for survivors from the capsized ship Dongfangzhixing in the Yangtze River on June 2, 2015 in Nanjing, China. (ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
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    Rescuers save survivors at the site of the overturned passenger ship.
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    Rescuers pull a person from the water as they search for survivors.
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    This combination photo shows a rescuer swimming back to the rescue ship for backup after finding suvivors at the overturned passenger ship.
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    A survivor is saved from the overturned passenger ship.
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    An elderly survivor is carried onto the river bank after being rescued.
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    A man shows the photo of his father-in-law, who was traveling on the overturned ship.
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    Relatives of passengers wait for news at the Shijiyuan Hotel.
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    Relatives of passengers wait for news at the Shijiyuan Hotel.
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    Relatives of passengers wait for news at the Shijiyuan Hotel.
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    A diver walks into the water as rescue teams search for survivors.
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    Rescuers prepare to search for survivors.
  • Rescue teams search for survivors.

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