Rescuers Recover One More Body From Ferry Sewol

kpride, Oct. 29, 2014, 9:17 a.m.

Another body was found in the wreck of the ferry that sank off the southwest in April, after more than three months without any progress in the search.  The find raises the official death toll to 295 and reduces the number of the missing to nine.  A rescue official said the body was found on the fourth floor of the ship in the late afternoon. 

Divers attempted to retrieve the body, but gave up due to strong currents and obstacles blocking the entrance. They made another attempt late at night facing pitch black waters and rapid currents.  "The body was too decomposed to identify, but we assume it is a woman given where it was found," said a coast guard official.

Authorities will collect DNA samples to determine the identity of the body as soon as the victim is transported to shore. It takes around 12 hours to make a DNA match.  The discovery of the first body in more than three months came just a day after family members of the victims voted to continue the grueling search rather than raise the sunken vessel. 

One family member said, "If we'd caved in to public opinion and abandoned the search, we wouldn't have been able to achieve this."   The discovery is expected to mute increasing calls to end the search as divers are exhausted and no more results can be expected.  

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