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Ferry families vent rage

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 01:35

Apr. 19 - Grief spills over into anger as South Korean coastguard officials meet families of those still missing after Wednesday's ferry capsize. Paul Chapman reports.

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Relatives of those still missing in the South Korea ferry disaster are shown video of the submerged wreck for the first time on Saturday. No bodies were visible in the footage they saw. Grief is spilling over into anger after reports that bodies have been spotted inside the wreck by divers who weren't able to retrieve them. Some are clinging to the hope, now all but dim, that anyone will be found alive. Many are outraged by what they see as the slow pace of the search. (SOUNDBITE)(Korean) KIM SEON-EH, RELATIVE OF MISSING PASSENGER, SAYING: "I'm frustrated by the sluggish rescue operation. They've been going down there for four days now but no progress has been made. They didn't even get into the ship to figure out whether the children there are starved to death or not." There were 476 passengers and crew aboard the ferry when it capsized on Wednesday. Of those 29 have been confirmed dead. Some 174 were rescued. The rest, most of them school students, are still unaccounted for. The majority are pupils at the Danwon High School whose vice-principal, a survivor of the disaster, apparently killed himself on thursday Kang Min-gyu was found hanging by his belt from a tree outside a building where families of the victims were staying. Police released part of a two-page note he left. It asked that his body be burned and the ashes scattered at the wreck site and added: "Perhaps I can become a teacher for the missing students in my next life."

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Ferry families vent rage

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 01:35