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Death toll rises to 213 from sunken S. Korean ferry Updated: 2014-05-02 04:45:12 KST

We start with the latest on the Sewol-ho ferry disaster
It was another long and difficult night for the search and rescue teams at the accident site.
The confirmed death toll now stands at 2-hundred-twenty-one with eighty-one people, mostly teenagers, still unaccounted for some two-and-a-half weeks after the disaster.
Rapid tidal currents and bad weather as well as debris and poor visibility hampered the divers in their search.
Officials say divers are currently searching open cabins but there are plans to forcibly open blocked sections, where many passengers are believed to be trapped, starting Sunday.
Meanwhile, authorities are seeking arrest warrants against two officials from ferry's operator, Chonghaejin Marine Company.
Prosecutors and police are looking into the possibility that overloading and illegal renovation of the vessel may have played a role in its capsize and they want the two officials to be charged with manslaughter.
Investigators think containers loaded on the ferry were only tied down with rope, which caused the cargo to slide when the ship lost balance.
KOGL : Korea Open Government License


fatboyme (USA) 2014-05-03 06:40:03 KST    

So very sad.