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First pictures: Capsized China cruise ship pulled out from Yangtze

The operation to right the capsized ship Eastern Star started late Thursday on the Yangtze River.

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Top-deck cabins poked out of the water from a capsized river cruise ship on the Yangtze on Friday after disaster teams righted the vessel to quicken the search for the more than 330 people who are still missing.

Rescuers work on the top of the capsized Eastern Star after being righted by cranes on the Yangtze River in Jianli county of southern China’s Hubei province Friday (June 5).

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The operation to right the Eastern Star started late Thursday and shifted the focus from finding survivors from Monday night’s sudden capsizing in a severe storm to retrieving bodies.

Cranes attempt to lift the capsized tourist ship Eastern Star.

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Medical workers march past the capsized ship Eastern Star being lifted by cranes on the Yangtze River in Jianli county of southern China’s Hubei province, as seen from across the river from Huarong county of southern China’s Hunan province, Friday.

The Eastern Star's top-deck cabins with smashed blue roofs jutted out of gray water Friday after Chinese disaster teams righted the capsized river cruiser to ease the search for people still missing.

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Authorities say 14 people survived the disaster, some by jumping from the ship during the early moments and swimming or drifting ashore.

Rescue workers prepare to approach the tourist ship Eastern Star after cranes righted the ship.

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Records show the capsized ship was cited for safety violations during a safety inspection campaign in 2013, according to a report on Nanjing’s Maritime Safety website, which didn’t specify the violations.

Rescuers use cranes to lift the capsized ship Eastern Star on the Yangtze River.

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The Eastern Star disaster could become China’s deadliest boat accident since the sinking of the SS Kiangya off Shanghai in 1948, which is believed to have killed anywhere from 2,750 to nearly 4,000 people.