Bodies of Foreign Passengers Found in Sunken Ferry

The bodies of three foreign passengers were pulled on Monday from the wreck of the ferry that sank off the southwest coast last week.

They were an ethnic Korean in his 30s living in China, who was about to get married, a Russian student from Danwon High School in Ansan, where most of the victims came from, and another Chinese man in his 40s whose name was listed wrongly on the roster.

When a coast guard announced the discovery of the body of a foreigner appearing to be Russian, a Russian woman who had been standing in the back began to weep loudly.

Ambulances carry the bodies of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster in Jindo, South Jeolla Province on Tuesday. /News 1 Ambulances carry the bodies of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster in Jindo, South Jeolla Province on Tuesday. /News 1

Serkov Vyacheslav Nikolayevich (18) was the son of a Korean father and Russian mother and applying for Korean citizenship.

One of the Chinese men was Lee Do-nam (38), who had been heading to Jeju Island with a Chinese woman, Han Geum-hee (37), both of Korean descent. The two had met while working for a company in Ansan and were planning to get married. When the Sewol's departure was delayed due to heavy fog, Lee tried to cancel the trip and disembark but was told by Chonghaejin Marine that it would not be possible for him to unload his car, which was also aboard.

The other Chinese national, also of Korean descent, was Lee Sang-ho (48). Lee was listed under another name on the passenger list. His wife wept as she clutched his wet cell phone and other belongings at a morgue in Mokpo.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 23, 2014 10:47 KST