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Death toll of the South Korean ferry accident reaches 108 and 194 missing

The death toll from the ferry accident off the country's southern coast soared to over 100 Tuesday as rescue workers capitalized on the slowing currents.

The search mission resumed early Tuesday, and divers brought in 21 bodies from the wreckage pushing the death toll to 108 and the number of those unaccounted for to 194 as of 4 p.m.

Of the 476 who were on board when the Sewol sank 20 kilometers off the coast of Jindo Island on Wednesday, 325 were students of Danwon High School in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province. Of them, 75 have been rescued.

The authorities have been speeding up search operations in time with the neap tide, when the difference between high and low tides is the least. The neap tide is expected to last until Thursday.

While the neap tide lasts, the authorities plan to deploy divers around the clock.

The search efforts are being concentrated on the third and fourth decks, where the majority of the missing people are considered to have been at the time of the accident.

The rescue workers suspect that a large number of passengers would have gathered in the dining hall on the third deck as the accident occurred during breakfast time.

Along with the search inside the vessel, a large number of ships and aircraft are continuing to look for those who may have floated to the surface.//The Korea Herald//Asia News Network


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