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Prosecutors extend Korea ferry captain's detention as death toll mounts

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 01:20

Apr.21 - Divers are retrieving the bodies of passengers onboard a stricken South Korean ferry at a faster pace, as some parents move from the gymnasium to the pier to await news. Sarah Toms reports.

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Divers return the bodies of passengers of the ill-fated ferry to South Korea's southwestern shore. Hundreds are feared dead after Wednesday's fatal accident. Most of these victims were high school children on their way to a field trip on Jeju Island. Inside this tent, the bodies are identified and family DNA swabs are checked The official death toll is 64. But only 174 passengers have been rescued and more than 200 people are still missing. A coastguard says two U.S. underwater drones have been deployed in the search, despite the challenges. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN COAST GUARD OFFICIAL KO MYUNG-SUK SAYING: "As you know, the tidal current is strong at the accident site. The usefulness of Remotely Operated Vehicle equipment is basically very low at a site where the tidal current is strong. It is not that efficient." It's not yet known what caused the tragedy but the ferry was being steered by an inexperienced third mate at the time of the accident. The captain and two other crew members have been charged with negligence of duty and violation of maritime law. It's little comfort for the parents and relatives of the missing on the pier. They can do nothing but wait for the almost inevitable news that their loved ones have died.

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Prosecutors extend Korea ferry captain's detention as death toll mounts

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 01:20