Official Death Toll Rises to Over 200

Rescuers wait for the currents to slow down on a barge near the disaster site in Jindo, South Jeolla Province on Tuesday. /News 1 Rescuers wait for the currents to slow down on a barge near the disaster site in Jindo, South Jeolla Province on Tuesday. /News 1

Ten more bodies were retrieved from the sunken ferry Sewol on Tuesday, mostly from the lobby on the fifth floor, and another five bodies on the fourth level on Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths to 210. About 90 are still missing.

Adverse conditions at sea continue to hamper search efforts as the currents picked up speeds of 2.4 m/s.

The rescue team said they will enter all the unsearched areas in the ferry by next Monday and complete the search by May 15.

Meanwhile, to prevent bodies from drifting out to sea, nets have been set up to encircle the ferry at a distance of 7 km, 8-15 km, and 40-60 km.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 30, 2014 13:57 KST

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