As hopes of finding survivors from the Korean ferry MV Sewol turned dim, the South Korean government is set to approach Japan and China’s help in informing them should any bodies be found in their shores. Though search and rescue operations continue scouring the wreck of the ferry, weather and strong currents have kept the divers from expanding their search.
Retrieval operations that began last Friday only turned up with 2 bodies while 113 still remain missing and unaccounted for. Park Seung-Gi, spokesman for the government’s join task force in-charge of the search operations, vowed that they would further their efforts in finding the bodies and preventing them from being drifted at sea. Since the weather has been stormy and waters were choppy the past days, concerns on bodies not found being washed far from the wreck and to other places, have risen.
Aside from divers, the government has sought the aid of other specialized teams and equipment to beef up their work. Park assured the public that they are doing everything they can, saying “We will try our best to find bodies by using all our resources including helicopters, warships, patrol ships and search personnel.” The team has already laid out nets around the sunken ferry to catch any body that may be drifted and stop it from being swept away. He also said that they would ask neighbor countries China and Japan for unidentified bodies in their shores. “It may be too early (to ask) as bodies can’t drift that far at the moment… but I think we have to move preemptively,” said Park. The confirmed death toll from the accident is already at 189, mostly high school students, and is expected to go higher.
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