Bodies Found Miles From Ferry Wreck

Raising concerns some bodies will never be recovered
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2014 8:46 AM CDT
Updated May 2, 2014 8:53 AM CDT
Bodies Found Miles From Ferry Wreck
A mourner pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at a group memorial altar in Ansan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 2, 2014.   (AP Photo/Yonhap)

Several more bodies have been brought ashore following South Korea's ferry disaster, bringing the death toll to 226 with 76 still missing, Yonhap News reports. But two were found far from the site: A female body was found today nearly 2.5 miles away, the Wall Street Journal reports, while a separate Journal story notes fishermen found another body more than a mile away—and in the opposite direction—on Wednesday. Fisherman have been asked to help keep bodies from being carried away, but officials now admit some bodies may never be found. In other ferry-related news:

  • Divers continue to comb the upper decks, battling loose furniture and murky waters along the way. One diver was taken to a hospital yesterday after he lost consciousness due to decompression sickness, but he was in stable condition several hours later, a hospital official said.
  • Local paper Segye Ilbo has blasted the coast guard, claiming casualties were made worse by officials who didn't follow basic procedure for rescue operations in the early stages of the disaster.
  • Meanwhile, some 200,000 people have visited a mourning site in the city of Ansan, where many of the dead attended Danwon High School. Many more sites have been set up around South Korea.
(More South Korea stories.)

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