South Korea to end ferry search

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Published: Tuesday 11th November 2014 by The News Editor

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South Korea says it is to end underwater searches for the remaining missing people from April’s ferry disaster.

The announcement came with a South Korean court set to issue verdicts on crew members charged with negligence and abandonment of passengers in the disaster.

About seven months after the ferry Sewol sank on a trip to a resort island, 295 bodies have been retrieved but nine people are still missing. Most of the dead were teenage students on a school trip.

Oceans and fisheries minister Lee Ju-young told a televised news conference there is only a remote chance of finding the missing bodies.

Prosecutors have demanded the death penalty for the ship’s captain and life sentences for three other crew members.

Published: Tuesday 11th November 2014 by The News Editor

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