Wrenching Ferry Find: Boy, Girl Bound By Life Vests
Slow recovery of victims continues in South Korea
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2014 7:53 AM CDT
A diver jumps into the sea to search the ferry Thursday.   (AP Photo/Yonhap)

(Newser) – As the slow recovery of bodies from the sunken ferry in South Korea continues, Reuters has this sad dispatch: A diver searching the vessel came across the bodies of a boy and girl who had tied their life vests together. "I started to cry thinking that they didn't want to leave each other," he said afterward. But he had to finally separate them because he couldn't bring both bodies to the surface at the same. The confirmed death toll this morning stood at 171, meaning about 130 bodies remain in the ferry.

When they are finally brought to the surface, the laborious process of trying to identify them begins with descriptions written on whiteboards, the New York Times explains. Relatives in makeshift tent cities check the boards regularly. One example:

  • No. 63: “160 cm; black slightly wavy straight hair 15 cm; left hand Buddhist beads (white; flower decoration in the shape of ring on each unit); pearl piercing inside right ear; gold tooth, one each on the right and the left side on the top set of teeth.”
Elsewhere in South Korea, the tragedy has meant canceled concerts and TV shows, and even the removal of cheerleaders at baseball games, reports the AP. "It's not the right time to sell joy and laughter," said popular lifestyle magazine Maxim Korea in announcing that it was skipping its May issue.

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Apr 24, 2014 5:46 PM CDT
Are you guys aware of the number of things you've described as "wrenching" in this ferry boat accident?
Rik Magee
Apr 24, 2014 1:36 PM CDT
Reading this article and the comments, brings to mind the heartwrenching cries or wales of my beloved mother when my secpond eldest Brother passed away in the VA Hospital Denver, CO. (A US Marine Tec Sgt, with several tours in Viet Nam, and who had been painted several times with 'Angent Orange' (paraquat) only to later have cancer though his entire body) My Mother cried out mournfully, "you're not supposed to bury your children!" Therefore I can sympathize with the poor families of the deceased and shall pray for them all. ~Rick Magee, "MOLON LABE"
Apr 24, 2014 11:22 AM CDT
This is such a horrible tragedy. I really hope the man responsible for this is punished.