JINDO, South Korea, April 24 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese embassy said Thursday rescuers have recovered the body of a Chinese female passenger drowned after a South Korean ferry capsized, raising the death toll of Chinese nationals in the disaster to three.
A total of four Chinese passengers were on board the ill-fated ship that submerged on April 16 en route from the western port city of Incheon to the southern resort island of Jeju.
Rescuers had already found the bodies of two Chinese male victims. The fourth Chinese national, a middle school girl, remains unaccounted for.
Death toll rises to 162 in S.Korean ferry sinking disaster
JINDO, South Korea, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Death toll in the South Korean ferry sinking disaster rose to 162 on Thursday as search operations became faster amid favorable climatic conditions. In the ninth day into the search, 162 people have been confirmed dead, leaving 140 others still missing.
The number of those rescued has been unchanged at 174 since the 6,825-ton ferry Sewol capsized and sank off Jindo Island, the country's southwestern tip, on April 16. Full story
S.Korean prosecutors raid sunken ferry's owner house, offices
SEOUL, April 23 (Xinhua) -- South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday raided the house of the sunken ferry's owner house and affiliates of the ship's operator for alleged corruption and wrongdoings in running the vessel.
A special prosecutor team, which has been investigating into alleged illegalities of the ship's operator, raided home of the ship's beneficial owner, known as Yoo Byung-eon, local media reported. Full story
President Park likens what sunken ferry's captain did as murder
SEOUL, April 21 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Park Geun- hye likened what captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry did as murder on Monday, vowing to force those responsible to shoulder legal responsibilities regardless of ranks.
"What captain and some crew members did was like an act of murder that cannot be acceptable and permissible from a common-sense standpoint,"Park said during a meeting with senior secretaries. Full story
Communications between sunken S.Korean ferry, traffic center disclosed
JINDO, South Korea, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Last-minute communications between a sunken South Korean ferry and a vessel traffic center were disclosed Sunday by the pan-government emergency management headquarters. Full story