Bad Weather Hampers Ferry Salvage Efforts

Despair mounted over the weekend as bad weather delayed attempt to retrieve remaining victims from the sunken ferry Sewol. Strong winds and high waves have been disrupting efforts since Saturday.

As a high wind warning was issued in the region on Sunday and some 20 mm of rain fell per hour, divers and rescue workers found it almost impossible enter the ship and search for the bodies.

The ferry lies on its side and opening the doors is almost impossible at the moment.

The Korea Meteorological Administration said bad weather will continue on Monday.

As of Monday morning, the number of confirmed deaths confirmed had risen to 188 while 114 remain missing.

The weather is expected to gradually clear on Tuesday.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 28, 2014 13:17 KST