Divers Find 48 Bodies in South Korea Ferry Cabin
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Divers searching a capsized South Korean ferry retrieved 48 more bodies from a single room on the vessel, search officials said.
They said that only 35 of the ferry's 111 rooms have been searched so far, Yonhap reported.
The room where they had found the bodies was designed to accommodate only 38 people. More than 180 bodies have been recovered, but 119 people are still missing.
The ferry sank April 16 on its way from Incheon port to the southern tourist island of Jeju. More than 80 percent of the 302 dead and missing are students from a single high school in Ansan, south of Seoul.
Meanwhile, the South Korean government admitted that they had misidentified some bodies, after several reports in local media said that bodies were going to the wrong families.
An "action plan" released by the government-wide emergency task force acknowledged that "there have been cases where the victims were wrongly transferred," AP reported.
Eleven crew members, including the captain, have been arrested on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.
Prosecutor Yang Jung-jin of the joint investigation team said on Friday that the cause of the sinking could be due to excessive veering, improper stowage of cargo, modifications made to the ship and tidal influence. He said investigators will determine the cause by consulting with experts and simulations.