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Another body recovered from sunken South Korea ferry

Published on Jun 24, 2014 2:47 PM
 

SEOUL (AFP) - Dive teams on Tuesday recovered another victim of South Korea's ferry disaster, the first to be retrieved from the sunken vessel in 16 days in an increasingly frustrating search for the last bodies.

The body was of a woman passenger, and brings the total number of confirmed victims from the April 16 disaster to 293, with 11 still unaccounted for.

The 6,825-tonne Sewol passenger ferry was carrying 476 people, including 325 students on a school trip, when it sank off the south-west coast. The recovery operation has dragged on for more than two months, with the body retrieval rate falling off rapidly since the beginning of June.

Two divers have been killed and voices have begun to be heard calling for heavy cranes to be brought in to lift the sunken vessel.

Maritime police search for missing passengers in front of the South Korean ferry "Sewol" which sank at the sea off Jindo in this April 16, 2014 file photo. Dive teams on Tuesday recovered another victim of South Korea's ferry disaster, the first to be retrieved from the sunken vessel in 16 days in an increasingly frustrating search for the last bodies. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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