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Death toll reaches 108

Death toll reaches 108

Afp, Jindo

The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 yesterday as divers speeded up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged ship and police took two more of its crew into custody.
Rescuers searching for bodies have been able to take advantage of better weather on Tuesday, officials say, with more than 190 passengers still missing or presumed trapped inside the vessel.
The ferry tipped over and sank within two hours, but it is not yet clear why.
The crew have been criticised for allegedly failing to save passengers.
Five have been charged with not fulfilling their duty to evacuate passengers safely, officials told the South Korean Yonhap news agency.


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