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Three months later, body recovered from South Korea ferry

Published on Jul 18, 2014 10:11 AM
Flowers dedicated by family members to missing and dead passengers of sunken passenger ship Sewol float on the sea in Jindo on May 2, 2014. A culture of cosy personal ties that can blur the lines between businesses and those regulating them, of profit over safety, and soft courts is in focus as South Korea demands answers over the sinking of the ferry with the loss of more than 300 lives, mainly high school students. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - Divers retrieved another body on Friday from the site of South Korea's ferry disaster - the first to be recovered in nearly four weeks from the submerged vessel that sank three months ago.

The body of a female was found inside a dining hall of the upturned ferry which is lying on the seabed at a depth of 40 metres (130 feet), rescue authorities said.

The 6,825-tonne Sewol ferry was carrying 476 passengers and crew - including 325 high school students - when it capsized and sank off the southern coast on April 16.

The latest body brings the number of confirmed dead to 294, with 10 victims still unaccounted for.

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