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South Korea ferry tragedy death toll rises to 104

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South Korea ferry tragedy death toll rises to 104


As body after body is brought back to shore, the death toll from South Korea’s ferry disaster has risen to 104, with a further 198 people still missing.

Children account for most of those killed or presumed dead after the vessel capsized on a high school outing off the Korean Peninsula’s southwestern tip last Wednesday.

Six crew members have now been detained as well as the captain who is accused of negligence. In a promotional video four years ago, he hailed the journey as safe – as long as passengers followed the crew’s instructions.

It is a cruel irony for the families of victims.

Witnesses say the ferry turned sharply before it began listing and that although it took over two hours to capsize fully, passengers were told to stay put in their cabins.

The South Korean President has slammed the conduct of some crew members as tantamount to murder.

Coastguard officials say two US underwater drones have been deployed in the search for bodies.

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