South Korea dis­cov­ers re­mains 3 years on

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SEOUL: Salvage crews yes­ter­day found what is pre­sumed to be the re­mains of one of the miss­ing vic­tims of the 2014 Se­wol ferry dis­as­ter that killed 304 peo­ple, an of­fi­cial said.

The re­mains were found in the wa­ters near where the ship’s wreck­age was raised last week, said an of­fi­cial from the Min­istry of Oceans and Fish­eries.

Res­cue work­ers had re­cov­ered the bod­ies of 295 pas­sen­gers be­fore the gov­ern­ment ended un­der­wa­ter searches in Novem­ber 2014. Nine of the ferry’s pas­sen­gers had re­mained miss­ing.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, rel­a­tives of miss­ing pas­sen­gers par­tic­i­pated in an emo­tional memo­rial ser­vice on a boat near the trans­port ves­sel hold­ing the ferry.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Catholic and Protes­tant churches, and Bud­dhists de­liv­ered prayers wish­ing for the re­mains of the nine to be re­cov­ered.

Rel­a­tives threw yel­low roses into the sea, a colour that has be­come the sym­bol of their suf­fer­ing, and watched from afar as the trans­port ves­sel crew emp­tied the wreck­age of wa­ter and fuel.

“The ship has come up, but not the nine peo­ple in­side it,” said Lee Geum-hee, the mother of a miss­ing school­girl.

“Please don’t for­get there are peo­ple in­side the dirty, rusty and smelly wreck­age. Please do the best and let us bring them back home.” AP

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Rel­a­tives of miss­ing vic­tims in the ‘Se­wol’ ferry dis­as­ter throw­ing flow­ers from a ship near where the ferry sank yes­ter­day.

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