South Korean ferry death toll rises to 226

2014-05-02 08:22

Seoul, South Korea – Five more bodies have been recovered from the wreck of a sunken Korean ferry, bringing the death toll up to 226.

Seventy-six people remained unaccounted for as concerns mounted that the stronger spring tides might make further recovery impossible, the Yonhap News Agency reported today.

Divers were having to contend with high tides, strong currents and poor visibility. The Sewol sank on April 16 off the south-west coast of South Korea. It was carrying 476 people, mostly schoolchildren, on a field trip to the resort island of Jeju.

A shaky video taken by one student onboard the ferry has been released.

The footage was found on a cellphone belonging to Park Su-hyeon (17) when his body was recovered after the disaster on the morning of April 16.

The boy’s father, Park Jong-dae, provided it yesterday to The Associated Press, saying he wanted to show the world the conditions aboard the Sewol as it sank. He had earlier released it to selected South Korean media. Information such as video can be recovered from micro SD cards in cellphones, even if the device is submerged.

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