JINDO, South Korea, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Death toll rose to 281 on Wednesday in one of South Korea's deadliest maritime disasters after five bodies were recovered from the sunken ferry.
The pan-government accident response center said in a statement that five bodies were retrieved from passages and passenger cabins of the submerged hull, raising the total death toll to 281.
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, 23 others still remained missing. No survivors have been reported since April 16 when the 6,825-ton ferry Sewol capsized and sank off the country's southwestern coast.
The 476 passengers on board the ill-fated vessel included 325 Danwon High School students and 14 teachers on their way for a class trip.
A total of 125 divers searched passenger cabins on the third, fourth and fifth floors of the five-story ship, while 139 military ships, 36 airplanes and 42 civilian ships scoured the waters near the scene to find possible bodies swept away from the submerged vessel.
Search continues for missing in sunken S. Korean ferry, 276 dead
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. Full story