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Chilling photographs show inside the now-uprighted Yangtze cruise death ship

A total of 431 people died in the disaster, 11 remain missing and 17 survived

Published 08/06/2015 | 13:29

An interior view of the control room of the Eastern Star cruise ship, which capsized on the Jianli section of the Yangtze River, Hubei province, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily
An interior view of the control room of the Eastern Star cruise ship, which capsized on the Jianli section of the Yangtze River, Hubei province, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily
A rescue worker throws a flower at a ceremony to mark the seventh day since the Eastern Star went down in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
A rescue worker bows at a ceremony to mark seven days since the Eastern Star went down in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
A rescue worker works on the salvaged cruise ship Eastern Star in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Rescue workers search the capsized cruise ship, the Eastern Star, in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Rescue workers search the capsized cruise ship, the Eastern Star, in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
A Chinese military boat carrying rescue workers sails past as others work on the raised capsized ship Eastern Star on the Yangtze River in Jianli county of southern Chinas Hubei province Sunday, June 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Rescuers work on the raised capsized ship Eastern Star on the Yangtze River in Jianli county of southern Chinas Hubei province Sunday, June 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A control panel is seen inside the Eastern Star cruise ship, which capsized on the Jianli section of the Yangtze River, Hubei province, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily
Clocks at the passengers' hall are seen inside the Eastern Star cruise ship, which capsized on the Jianli section of the Yangtze River, Hubei province, June 7, 2015. The Chinese characters on top of the clocks read "Voyage Schedule", "Arrival" and "Departure". Picture taken June 7, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily
A picture is seen on the wall of a crew member dormitory inside the Eastern Star cruise ship, which capsized on the Jianli section of the Yangtze River, Hubei province, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily
Hand marks, left by the rescue workers, are seen inside the Eastern Star cruise ship, which capsized on the Jianli section of the Yangtze River, Hubei province, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily
A rescue worker throws a flower at a ceremony to mark seven days since the Eastern Star went down in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
A rescue worker throws a flower at a ceremony to mark the seventh day after the incident of the Eastern Star ship which capsized in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

These are the chilling photographs of inside the tragic Eastern Star cruise boat that capsized on the Yangtze River last week, killing more than 430 people.

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The cruise boat was host to almost 500 guests, mostly elderly tourists, as it travelled from Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing. The ship overturned in China’s Hubei Province.

Fourteen people survived by swimming or drifting, three were pulled out be divers from the overturned hull the day after disaster, when rescuers heard yells from within and 11 people remain missing.

The remaining 431 people perished on the tragic cruise ship.

Released images of the now-uprighted cruise ship show photographs on the walls of crew members' rooms and handprints of the rescue workers on the ship as they attempted to save the hundreds of people onboard.

Yesterday, many relatives wept openly as they arrived at a morgue for a last look at bodies of loved ones.

One man carried a framed picture inside a white plastic bag of his relative, as smoke rose from the morgue's nearby crematorium in the Hubei Province riverside community of Jianli.

Authorities identified bodies from DNA samples donated by relatives, who had the option of a last look at bodies before cremation.

Paramilitary soldiers hold a moment of silence at a ceremony to mark seven days since the Eastern Star went down in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Paramilitary soldiers hold a moment of silence at a ceremony to mark seven days since the Eastern Star went down in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Rescue workers on a boat are seen nearby the salvaged cruise ship Eastern Star in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Rescue workers' boots are seen near the capsized Eastern Star in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Family members of the Eastern Star cruise ship victims mourn during a ceremony to mark seven days since the ship went down in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015.REUTERS/Stringer
Stretchers are seen near the capsized Eastern Star in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
A family member of a Eastern Star cruise ship victim mourns during a ceremony to mark seven days since the ship went down in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Rescuers bow during a commemoration service near the raised ship Eastern Star on the Yangtze River in Jianli county of southern Chinas Hubei province Sunday, June 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A family member of an Eastern Star cruise ship victim mourns near a bouquet during a ceremony to mark seven days since the ship went down in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Chen Zhuo/Yangzi River Daily
Family members of Eastern Star cruise ship victims burn joss paper as they mourn during a ceremony to mark seven days since the ship went down in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Chen Zhuo/Yangzi River Daily
Family members of Eastern Star cruise ship victims burn offerings as they cry during a ceremony to mark seven days since the ship went down in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Chen Zhuo/Yangzi River Daily
Family members of the Eastern Star cruise ship victims burn joss paper as they cry during a ceremony to mark seven days since the ship went down in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Chen Zhuo/Yangzi River Daily
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, relatives of the victims of the capsized Eastern Star cruise ship mourn at the bank of the Jianli section of the Yangtze River, central China's Hubei Province Sunday, June 7, 2015. (Yu Guoqing/Xinhua via AP)
Family members grieve along the river banks of the Yangtze River near the site where the Eastern Star capsized last Monday, in Jianli county in southern China's Hubei province Sunday June 7, 2015. (Chinatopix Via AP)
General view from the Three Gorges dam over the Yangtze River in Yichang, Hubei province, China, in this August 9, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files
People light candles to pray for victims of the Eastern Star cruise ship which capsized in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River, in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, June 7, 2015. The banner reads: "Pray for the people killed in the capsized ship accident in the Yangtze." REUTERS/Stringer

Under Chinese tradition, families will have the bodies cremated at a local morgue and then bring the ashes to their home communities for burial.

Authorities said they would search down river more than 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) as far as Shanghai for the remaining eleven people missing.

Chinese authorities have attributed the accident to sudden, turbulent winds. They also have placed the surviving captain and chief engineer in police custody, though they have released no details of any pending investigation into their conduct.

Some passengers' relatives say they believe authorities have not focused enough on the possibility of human error, including misjudgment about carrying on with the cruise during the storm rather than anchoring.

The overturning of the multi-decked, 77-metre (251-foot) Eastern Star is China's worst boat disaster since the sinking of the SS Kiangya off Shanghai in 1948 during a civil war, which is believed to have killed anywhere from 2,750 to nearly 4,000 people.

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