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Death toll rises to 150 in sunken S.Korean ferry disaster

English.news.cn   2014-04-23 12:10:27
 • Death toll from a sunken South Korean ferry rose to 150 on Wednesday.
 • Hundreds of divers speed up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged vessel.
 • Search and rescus operation has entered the eighth day, 152 people are still missing,

 

JINDO, South Korea, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Death toll from a sunken South Korean ferry rose to 150 on Wednesday as hundreds of divers speed up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged vessel.

As the search and rescus operation has entered the eighth day since the ferry sank on April 16, 152 people are still missing, with the number of those rescued unchanged at 174.

Search operation repeated a suspension and resumption as tidal currents became faster than forecast overnight.

Waters off Jindo Island, where the 6,825-ton ferry Sewol capsized, are famous for the country's second-fastest currents. Weather forecast said that the currents would slow down for four days through Thursday.

Water temperature is around 11-12 degrees Celsius in the morning, with waves being as high as 0.5 meters.

Some 550 coast guard, navy and private divers continued to search inside the submerged vessel, while 212 rescue ships and 34 planes scoured the waters for the missing.

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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

Death toll rises to 128 in sunken S.Korean ferry disaster

JINDO, South Korea, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Death toll in South Korean sunken ferry accident rose to 128 on Wednesday morning as hundreds of divers searched inside the submerged vessel.

Seven more bodies were recovered in overnight search operations, raising the death toll to 128, with 174 people still missing. 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

Four more crew members of sunken S. Korean ferry arrested

JINDO, South Korea, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Four more crew members of the South Korean ferry that capsized and sank off the country's southwestern coast last Wednesday were arrested on Monday over negligence of duty and violation of rescue acts charges.

Prosecutors have arrested four crew members, including two first mates, one second mate and one chief engineer, of the ferry Sewol, which was upturned and sank off Jindo Island, a southwestern tip of South Korea. Full story

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