Friday, 13 June 2014

12 bodies still missing in S Korea ferry disaster

The rescue team searching for bodies inside South Korea’s sunken ferry has made no progress for finding 12 bodies still trapped within the ship.

Twelve bodies are still missing, out of which four are believed to be trapped in the third and eight in the fourth decks.

The last body was found on Sunday, bringing the number of victims to 292.

Rescue forces, including navy, coast guard and civilian divers, hoped to find the remaining bodies more quickly after removing the debris from the hull.

It is also expected that bad weather and strong underwater currents further impede the search in next days.

The lack of a common understanding among different groups engaged in the search operation has led to the withdrawal of some civilian divers, adding to the concerns of family members of those missing.

"There had been some misunderstanding among different players, but we are trying to close the gap. And all divers are now joining again and doing their best to find the missing," an official said.

The ferry capsized off South Korea’s southern coast while carrying 476 people, out of which 325 were students from a high school in the city of Ansan, just south of the capital, Seoul.

The government has faced widespread disapproval for its handling of the disaster and the rescue effort. Critics say valuable time was wasted during the first emergency call from a passenger to the coast guard office.

Friday 13 June 2014


Post a Comment