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Latest on Sewol-ho ferry disaster Updated: 2014-05-10 19:42:33 KST

Latest on Sewol-ho ferry disaster
Two more bodies were recovered during overnight rescue operations that went on through the early hours of Saturday morning.
The number of confirmed dead now stands at 2-hundred-75 people with 29 still unaccounted for.
Search efforts are continuing in waters off of Korea's southwestern Jindo Island but gusty winds and high waves brought rescue operations to a halt earlier on this Saturday.
With a special warning for heavy winds and waves in effect for the region an official from the response team reportedly said divers will most likely not be able to resume operations until Monday.
Meanwhile, prosecutors raided an office of a ferry operator in the southeastern port city of Busan.
It's the first time a passenger ship operator that's not related to the ferry disaster has been raided since the accident.
The company operates two more-than-5,ton ferries -- both built more than 20 years ago.
The prosecution is looking into whether the firm abided by safety regulations and also potential corruption charges involving officials at the Korean Register of Shipping.
Prosecutors did however stress that they do NOT intend to expand the scope of their probe to target the overall shipping and cruise industry.
As for the investigation into the Sewol-ho ferry operator, Cheonghaejin Marine Company, police and prosecutors are reportedly finding more evidence that the practical owner Yoo Byung-eun was indeed involved in the management of the firm.
They also reportedly have testimony from Kim Han-sik , CEO of the ferry operator that he reported the accident to Yoo.
As their findings pile up, the investigative team plans on summoning the man in question as early as next week.
In the meantime, prosecutors called veteran actress Jeon Yang-ja in for questioning on Saturday.
She's the president of a media company affiliated with the ferry operator.
Laah Hyun-kyung, Arirang News.
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