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Death toll from sunken Sewol-ho ferry rises to 212

Updated: 2014-05-01 05:05:05 (KST)
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We start with the latest on the Sewol-ho ferry disaster
Strong currents and bad weather hampered search efforts overnight.
The confirmed death toll now stands at 2-hundred-twelve with 90 people, mostly teenagers, still unaccounted for.
The Coast Guard wanted to use a diving bell to speed up search efforts Wednesday but they were forced to scrap those plans after just after 20 minutes as a air supply hose broke.
Of the two bodies recovered in recent hours, one male student was recovered from the 4th floor of the ferry and one female student found some two kilometers from the accident site.
The search on this Thursday will be centered on cabins on the fourth and fifth floors.
On the criminal investigation front, two officials from the Sewol-ho's operator, Chonghaejin Marine Company, have been detained for failing to heed warnings about the ferry's recommended maximum cargo weight.
The officials are believed to have ignored an off-duty captain's warnings about the ship's stability.
The off-duty captain told prosecutors that extensive refurbishments to the Sewol-ho had altered its balance and undermined its ability to stabilize itself.


Reporter : hyunbin@arirang.co.kr

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fatboyme (USA) 2014-05-01    

Just so sad.