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YANGTZE RIVER MISHAP

Search for missing passengers continues as death toll rises to 18

Divers work through the night but face difficulties such as cabin doors blocked by tables and beds

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With their ears to the upturned hull of the "Eastern Star", some rescuers listening for reactions from inside the sunken ship as they search for survivors. Rescuers also fear that rashly cutting holes in the hull could burst air pockets keeping people alive.

Jianli, China

SCORES of divers cautiously searched a capsized ship in the Yangtze River on Wednesday for more than 400 missing people, many of them elderly, as the death toll in what could be China's worst shipping disaster in almost 70 years jumped to 18.

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