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Hopes fade for missing South Korean sailors

Hopes fade for missing South Korean sailors
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Relatives are in despair, as hopes fade for the sailors still missing after a South Korean warship sank on Friday.

Gathering to wait for news at a naval base, south of Seoul, their grief quickly turned to rage, as they suspected the military of concealing information from them.

The government does say it is unlikely Pyongyang was involved when the vessel foundered in the Yellow Sea, near to North Korea’s maritime border.

Earlier it was thought the ship was scuppered by a northern torpedo.

Military sources now say they are investigating the possibility an explosion could have blown a hole in the ship’s hull.

Rescue efforts are at full tilt. Coastguards have already plucked 58 sailors from the water.

But 46 of the crew of 104 are still unaccounted for.
And as time goes on, their chances of surviving in the freezing waters reduce.

The military says it will issue a statement on the cause of the accident after the ship is raised. Local media say this could take up to 20 days.