Death toll in South Korea ferry sinking climbs to 32

2014-04-19 14:02

Mokpo, South Korea – South Korean coast guard officials say they’ve found three more bodies from the sinking of a ferry, raising the death toll to 32.

Coast Guard spokesperson Kim Jae-In says the latest bodies were recovered today, three days after the ferry sank.

The updated death toll follows the arrest today of the captain of the ferry on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. More than 300 are missing or dead.

Officials say strong currents and rain have made it difficult to get inside the ferry, where most of the passengers are believed to have been trapped.

Prosecutors say the ferry’s captain, Lee Joon-Seok (68), was arrested along with the third mate, a woman (25) identified only by her surname, Park, and helmsman Cho Joon-Ki (55).

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