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Death Toll Rises to 14, Bad Weather Hampers Search Efforts

JINDO, South Korea — Bad weather is delaying search and rescue operations for 282 missing passengers who had been aboard a ferry, which sank off the country’s southern coast on Wednesday. 14 passengers have been confirmed dead by the Chosun Ilbo.

Members of the UDT/SEAL and civilian divers attempted to enter the hull early this morning, but failed to do so due to strong currents. The weather further worsened in the afternoon, suspending rescue operations.

A weather observation vessel dispatched to the site said that the waves at the site reached one-point-two meters as of 2 p.m. today.

The water temperature in the region also stands low, making it difficult for divers to stay long under the water. An operation to inject oxygen into the capsized ship is also being delayed due to bad weather.

During a press briefing, minister for security and public administration Kang Byung-kyu said that two salvage cranes are also on their way to the scene to raise the sunken vessel. One of them is expected to arrive tomorrow morning and the other in the evening.

Source: Busan eFM News




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