Families Anxious About Search of Remaining Victims

Around 80 passengers who were aboard the sunken ferry Sewol still remain missing 16 days after the accident as their families fear that their bodies may never be found.

Prime Minister Chung Hong-won on Wednesday visited Jindo, South Jeolla Province, where the families are waiting for news. Relatives wept and called on the prime minister to make sure they can get some closure.

"We can't be sure now whether the bodies of our children have been lost forever. Please just get them out of the water," one said.

The bereaved family members of victims of the ferry disaster stage a protest criticizing the government at a port in Jindo, South Jeolla Province on Thursday. /News 1 The bereaved family members of victims of the ferry disaster stage a protest criticizing the government at a port in Jindo, South Jeolla Province on Thursday. /News 1

Rumors are also spreading that the bodies that are being discovered now are difficult to identify. One mother of a student said, "They say it is now impossible to tell the bodies apart unless there are clear distinguishing marks like piercings or earrings."

Anger and frustration have peaked among the families, who spend their days lying on the floor of a gymnasium in Jindo grieving for their lost children. They got up and vented their frustration at the prime minister and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Lee Ju-young, who visited them again on Thursday.

The 221st body was retrieved from the Sewol on Thursday.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 02, 2014 10:10 KST