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South Korea ferry disaster: Japan, China asked to watch out for bodies

Published on Apr 28, 2014 4:14 PM
 
Lifeboats and life jackets recovered from the sea surrounding the 'Sewol' ferry are left at the shore near Jindo harbour where relatives of the victims are waiting for developments in the search and recovery operations on April 28, 2014. South Korea has asked Japan and China to inform it about any bodies that wash up on beaches, reports said on Monday, April 28, 2014, as fears grow that some of those who died when a ferry sank may never be found. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea has asked Japan and China to inform it about any bodies that wash up on beaches, reports said on Monday, as fears grow that some of those who died when a ferry sank may never be found.

Divers trying to search the wreck of the upturned Sewol, which capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board, have been frustrated for a third-straight day by atrocious weather and dangerous conditions.

Despite more than 60 hours of operations since Friday, only one more body has been recovered, leaving 114 still unaccounted for. The confirmed death toll from one of the country's worst-ever maritime disasters stood Monday at 188. Most of the missing and dead were high school students.

Strong currents and stormy weather have hampered the search of the wreck and worsened fears that bodies could drift free and be scattered.

 
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