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Korean ferry recovery suspended for third day

Published on May 12, 2014 11:09 AM
People shout slogans as they hold placards reading 'Your fault, President' and 'down with friends of Lee Myung Bak' during a rally paying tribute to victims of the Sewol ferry disaster in Seoul on May 10, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - Dangerous conditions suspended recovery operations at the site of South Korea's ferry disaster for a third day on Monday, delaying the search for 29 people still missing nearly one month after the ship sank.

"The operation remains suspended due to high waves, but divers are ready to resume their work if conditions improve," coast guard spokesman Ko Myung Suk told a daily briefing.

The confirmed death toll stood at 275, with 29 still unaccounted for after the 6,825-tonne passenger ferry Sewol capsized and sank off the southern coast on April 16.

Divers have been unable to access the submerged vessel since Saturday morning, with strong tides and heavy swells pushing conditions beyond the safety limit.

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