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Search continues for missing in sunken S. Korean ferry, 276 dead

English.news.cn   2014-05-14 13:55:21

JINDO, South Korea, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Search continued Wednesday for the missing people in the sunken South Korean ferry, which capsized off the country's southwestern coast on April 16.

Koh Myung-seok, spokesman of the pan-government accident response center, told a press briefing that divers conducted underwater search for the missing from 1:30 a.m. local time but found no bodies from the submerged hull.

One body, who was recovered Tuesday, was confirmed to have been a female student from Danwon High School in Ansan, a city south of Seoul.

The 476 passengers aboard the ill-fated vessel included 325 Danwon High School students and 14 teachers.

On the 29th day into search, 276 people have been confirmed dead, and 28 others remained missing. There have been no survivors reported since 172 people were saved from the ship and sea the day the ship sank.

Koh said 125 divers will search passenger cabins on the third, fourth and fifth floors of the five-story ship, noting that 139 military ships, 36 airplanes and 42 civilian ships were scouring the waters near the scene to find possible bodies swept away from the submerged vessel.

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Search for the missing in sunken S.Korean ferry halts amid worsening weather

JINDO, South Korea, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Search operations halted on Sunday for the missing passengers in the sunken South Korean ferry as weather conditions became worse amid high wave and strong wind.

The pan-government accident response center said that rescue ships with a size of less than 500 tons pulled out from the submerged ferry Sewol, which capsized and sank off the country's southwestern coast on April 16. Full story

 

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