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Search resumes for the missing in sunken S.Korean ferry

English.news.cn   2014-05-13 09:55:23

JINDO, South Korea, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Search for the missing in the sunken South Korean ferry was resumed Tuesday after the operations were suspended for three days amid high wave and strong wind.

Koh Myung-seok, spokesman of the pan-government accident response center, told a press briefing that divers resumed underwater search operations from 00:50 a.m. local time Tuesday after suspending it at 1 a.m. Saturday.

Coast guard, military and civilian divers checked guideline ropes that direct them inside the submerged hull and searched passages on the third, fourth and fifth floors of the five-story vessel.

Koh said there were no bodies recovered from the search. On the 28th day into search Tuesday, 275 people have been confirmed dead, and 29 others are still missing. No survivors have been reported since 172 people were saved from the ship and sea 28 days ago.

The 6,825-ton passenger ship Sewol capsized and sank off Jindo Island, a southwestern tip of South Korea, on April 16.

The 476 passengers on board the ill-fated ship included 325 students and 14 teachers from Danwon High School in Ansan, a city south of Seoul.

Until now, 234 students and 7 teachers have been confirmed dead, leaving 16 students and 5 teachers missing.



Editor: Yang Yi
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