South Korea investigates capsized ferry crew as rescue hampered by tides




 
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South Korea investigates capsized ferry crew as rescue hampered by tides
 
April 18th, 2014  
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South Korea investigates capsized ferry crew as rescue hampered by tides
By Jungmin Jang and Ju-min Park MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Strong tides and murky waters off South Korea's southwest coast were hampering efforts on Friday to find survivors from a ferry accident over 48 hours previously that left hundreds of passengers missing, most of them high school students. Twenty eight passengers are officially listed as dead, 179 have been rescued and 268 are missing, presumed trapped in the stricken vessel, out of 475 passengers and crew bound from the port of Incheon to the holiday island of Jeju. Our people are just touching the hull with their hands," Kim Chun-il, a diver from Undine Marine Industries, told relatives gathered near the site of the rescue effort in the port city of Jindo. The captain, Lee Joon-seok, faces criminal investigation, which is standard procedure in South Korea.




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