May 22, 2014 13:00
The number of the victims confirmed dead in the ferry disaster now totals 288 after the body of 17-year-old girl from Danwon High School was discovered in the fourth floor cabin of Sewol on Wednesday morning.
It has been 36 days since the ferry capsized, and the number of the missing, which was over 300 in the early stages, is now down to 16. They are seven students and three teachers from Danwon High School, four other passengers and two cabin crew.
The families of the remaining 16 have already made numerous trips to the morgue in the hope of identifying their loved ones.
The father of one missing student said, "The stadium felt so small as there were so many people before, but now it's huge. I'm overwhelmed by fear each day that my child may be the only person who will never be found."
And the child of a missing person said, "Initially the families of different groups of passengers felt awkward with each other, but now that the number of the missing has gone down, we rely on each other like families."
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