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No progress in search for missing in ferry disaster for 15th day

2014/06/23 11:05

JINDO, South Korea, June 23 (Yonhap) -- No progress was made in an underwater search for those still missing in April's deadly ferry sinking for the 15th straight day on Monday, officials said.

A group of 68 Navy, Coast Guard and civilian divers took shifts to search the submerged hull to find the 12 people, including six high school students, unaccounted for 68 days after the boat sank off the country's southwestern coast, according to officials of the government crisis center.

The officials said the divers combed the lobby on the third deck, the center of the fourth floor, as well as the front of the fifth floor where the missing are presumed to be but failed to find anyone.

Not a single body has been recovered since June 8, when one was found. The latest discovery brought the total number of confirmed dead to 292.

The team, meanwhile, said it will come up with measures to prevent bodies from being swept away from the submerged hull amid growing concerns that the upcoming rainy season could further hamper the Herculean job.

The rainy season is forecast to begin in the shipwreck region at the end of June, according to weather officials.

The 6,825-ton ferry Sewol sank in waters off Jindo en route to the southern resort island of Jeju from the country's western port city of Incheon. Of the 476 people on board, 172 were saved, with the rest confirmed dead or still missing.

khj@yna.co.kr

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