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Chinese Eastern Star ship wreckage righting completed

first_imgThe Eastern star was carrying more than 400 people when it capsized on the Yangtze river The capsized Eastern Star has now been completely righted, and the ship’s blue top can be seen above the water surface. Teams are now trying to drain off the water inside the ship to make it float.Two 500-ton lifting boats are being used to lift the capsized Eastern Star, using four iron ropes. In order to carry out the operation, four iron ropes welded on the ship should be lifting the hulk simultaneously.The operation was earlier scheduled for Thursday night. But it was delayed because of three major difficulties in welding a fourth iron rope. One is that the bow is touching the river embankment, the second is the low visibility of the river, and the third is the large quantity of rubble that was used for flood prevention at the contact position.Before the operation, the rescuers had cut holes in the bottom of the overturned ship to give divers easier access inside, in the hopes of reaching anybody who might still be alive. And after three days of divers combing compartments and searching nearby waters, rescuers on Thursday evening decided to hoist and upright the wreckage.The Ministry of Transport’s spokesperson says that there are slim chances that more survivors would be found inside the hull. He says the decision to turn the ship would help find the missing “in the shortest possible time” and “protect the dignity of the deceased”.The passenger ship Eastern Star capsized at around 9:30 p.m. Monday in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River. The ship was heading upstream from Nanjing to Chongqing. There were 456 people on board. Most passengers were tourists from Shanghai and its neighboring province of Jiangsu. Their ages ranged from 3 to 83, with most in their 60s and 70s.To help the operation, the flow of water from the Three Gorges Dam, upstream from the site of the incident, has been reduced by more than half, from 17,200 cubic meters per second to just 7,000 cubic meters.The ill-fated ship is owned by the Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corporation, which specializes in tourist routes in the popular Three Gorges river canyon region. The company was founded in 1967 and now has five luxury passenger vessels operating in China.last_img read more

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Tyson Fury heading back to Las Vegas to fight Otto Wallin

first_imgTyson Fury will return to Las Vegas to fight Otto Wallin at T-Mobile Arena on September 14.Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti revealed earlier this month that an agreement had been reached for the former world heavyweight champion to step into the ring with the 28-year-old Wallin. It was confirmed Tuesday that Wallin (20-0) will get a chance to claim the Briton’s lineal title in Nevada next month.MORE: Watch more than 100 fight nights a year on DAZNFury brutally knocked Tom Schwarz out at the same venue in June and will be a strong favorite to add another victory to his record, which shows 28 wins and a draw.The 31-year-old last month stated that he will face Deontay Wilder in a rematch on Feb. 22 next year, but now wants to fight in his homeland in December after the American agreed to a deal to face Luis Ortiz in November.CONFIRMEDLineal Heavyweight Champion @Tyson_Fury will defend his crown against 20-0 @OttoWallin at the @TMobileArena on September 14th.#FuryWallin pic.twitter.com/pRIjNPZax7— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) August 13, 2019Fury said: “I am pleased to be back in Las Vegas. I loved my time there in my last fight and am going to put on a show again. “Otto Wallin is a world-ranked fighter and is tall, something we want with the Deontay Wilder rematch around the corner. He is also a southpaw, which will bring its own obstacles, but I will be fully focused to get this job done because the rematch needs to happen.”Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter, said: “I’m delighted that Tyson is boxing in Las Vegas again after his previous success.”It is another undefeated boxer he is facing and a contest where a victory will set up the Deontay Wilder rematch. Otto Wallin knows this is his big chance, and Tyson will not be underestimating him.”last_img read more

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