Death toll rises to 292 in South Korean ferry disaster

Death toll rises to 292 in South Korean ferry disaster

Monday, June 9, 2014 1:13 pm


South Korean ferry, Sewol at the moment of capsizing. Courtesy, Korean Coast Gaurd.

Jindo – Death toll rose to 292 in the South Korean ferry sinking disaster as divers recovered one more body, the disaster response centre said on Monday.

Spokesman of the pan-government disaster response centre, Koh Myung-seok, told a press briefing that one male body was retrieved from the left side on the fourth floor of the five-story vessel on Sunday night.

On the 55th day into the search, 292 passengers have been confirmed dead, with 12 others still missing.

No survivor has been reported since 172 people were saved from the ship and sea on April 16 when the ferry capsized and sank off the southwestern coast.

Divers cut open windows in the ship’s rear side to pull out floating objects and enter the passenger cabins where the remaining missing were believed to be trapped.

– Xinhua/NAN

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