5 More Bodies of Ferry Victims Found

Divers searching the wreck of the ferry that sank off the southwest coast last month on Wednesday found the bodies of five students and teachers from Danwon High School in Ansan south of Seoul.

Korea Coast Guard chief Kim Seok-kyun told reporters, "The passageways have collapsed, making search operations difficult, but we’re looking at a wide range of options to find more bodies."

Divers are growing increasingly fatigued, and stress levels are mounting. Doctors have started to give them psychological evaluations aboard a barge moored near the disaster site.

Thursday marks a month since the Sewol sank, but the search for missing passengers continues.

An official at the government taskforce handling the search operations said, "We will continue searching until Thursday and assess progress, focusing on possible locations where the remaining bodies may be trapped."

englishnews@chosun.com / May 15, 2014 09:34 KST