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Tragic ship sinking-rescue mission ends, probe underway

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Added On June 15, 2015

The rescue mission for the ship sinking accident on China's Yangtze River has ended, two weeks after the ship, Eastern Star, capsized.
 
More than 440 people are confirmed dead, while only 12 survived.
 
Final death toll for the deadly Yangtze ship sinking accident rose to 442, as bodies of the last several missing people were found.
 
Officials revised down the number of survivors, says only 12 people survived the disaster, two less from the previous report.
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) TANG GUANJUN, Yangtze River Navigation Affairs Administration:
"There were 403 tourists on Eastern Star, instead of 406. A local travel agency mistakenly reported to us five people who were actually traveling on another ship, and it failed to report the names of two others who boarded the Eastern Star from another port."
 
Officials say all victims have been identified after DNA testings.
 
While rescue and search operations have ended, investigation is still under way.
 
The ship, Eastern Star, was on an 11-day trip along the Yangtze River when it was overturned by a tornado on the night of June 1.
 
The vessel had been in service for nearly 20 years and can carry up to 534 people.
 

It went through an annual maintenance in late 2014, and was qualified to cruise until April 25, 2016.