The legal representative and general manager of Chongqing Dongfang Shipping Corporation, which operates the Eastern Star and four other cruise ships on the Yangtze River, apologized for the accident yesterday evening.
According to NetEase, Jiang Zhao made an apology to the sunken cruise ship’s victims and their family members when he was interviewed by Chinese media at around 7 p.m. yesterday evening.
Jiang stressed that the shipping corporation will fully cooperate with inquiries and investigation by the missing passengers’ families and all related departments, Xinhua reports
According to Jiang, the Eastern Star was built in February 1994 and reconstructed on April 30, 1997. At the end of 2014, the vessel had it annual service and was certified for operation until April 25, 2016.
The ship overturned on the evening of June 1 when the cruise ship carrying more than 450 people was caught up in a cyclone.
Thousands of people congregated at a public square in Jianli this past Thursday holding up candles and praying for victims of the Eastern Star.
At the time of writing, the death toll has now reached 331, while 290 passengers remain missing.
Previously on Shanghaiist:
Watch: Rescuers pull 65-year-old passenger from capsized ship
Hundreds of coffins prepared as hope dims in search for Eastern Star survivors
Jiangsu man weeps with joy upon learning that his mom survived ship disaster
Eastern Star survivor recalls last moments onboard sunken ship
Search for bodies continues as rescuers turn over capsized Eastern Star ship
By Lucy Liu
[Images via NetEase]