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Death toll in South Korea’s Sewol ferry tragedy exceeds 268

May 07, 2014, 8:37 UTC+3
"It is planned to extend searches to the lobby, karaoke bars and canteens," officials at the operational headquarters says
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SEOUL, May 7./ITAR-TASS/. 268 bodies have found during the search and rescue operation for the sunken ferry Sewol. Searches continue the 22nd day on the ship wrecked on the western tip of the Korean peninsula. 34 passengers unaccounted for as of the morning on May 7, the operational headquarters of the Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) on the island of Chindo reports.

In the last hours the weather inclined fair in the area of ​​operation, moreover, seasonal tidal currents slowed hinder divers. At night, they become stronger and hinder the diver to heave the bodies to the surface.

In the course of the ongoing works at a depth of about 40 meters, Marine Police divers, Navy and civil services are trying to open 64 passenger cabins, where the bodies of not yet found people can be.

Then, as reported by officials at the operational headquarters, "it is planned to extend searches to the lobby, karaoke bars and canteens."

Ferry Sewol  of 6825 tons sank on April 16 to the southwest of the island of Chindo on the way from the port of Incheon on the resort island of Jeju . Of 476 people on board were rescued only 174 passengers and crew members.

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