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Death toll of South Korean ferry sinking rises to 32 as search continues

English.news.cn   2014-04-19 18:36:47

SEOUL, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Death toll has kept rising as divers strived to search for possible survivors on Saturday in waters off Jindo Island, the southwestern tip of South Korea, where a ferry carrying 476 passengers capsized on Wednesday.

The South Korea Coast Guard told a press briefing that three more bodies were discovered in waters near the site of the accident Saturday afternoon, sending the total death toll to 32.

Of the 476 passengers on board, 32 have been confirmed dead, with 270 people still missing. The number of the rescued has stayed unchanged at 174.

A female passenger's body dressed in life jackets was found at 4:55 p.m. local time in waters around 100 meters away from the sunken ferry, which carried hundreds of passengers, mostly teenagers.

Another body was discovered at 5:47 p.m. in nearby waters, with the rest one detected at 5:58 p.m.

Among the passengers were 325 high school students and 15 teachers on their way for a four-day field trip. The ship departed from South Korea's western port city of Incheon Tuesday night for the southern resort island of Jeju.

Among the rescued, 75 were students from the Danwon High School in Ansan, a Seoul suburb. Eleven students have been confirmed dead, with 239 others still missing.


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SEOUL, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Arrest warrants were sought Friday for a captain and two sailors of the sunken South Korean ferry, which capsized and sank in waters off the country's southwestern coast Wednesday.

South Korean prosecutors filed for arrest warrants for the 69- year-old captain surnamed Lee, the third mate and the helmsman of the submerged vessel, which carried 475 passengers, mostly high school students, local media reported.Full story

Editor: Tang Danlu
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