June 02, 2014 10:28
The search for remaining victims of the April 16 ferry disaster has been halted until Wednesday due to bad weather.
"This is the worst weather we've seen so far," a rescue worker said. The southwest coast, where the ferry accident occurred, has experienced rain, thick fog and strong winds of between 10 to 14 m/s causing waves as high as 4 m in the last four days.
Around 120 boats that were taking part in the search operation have been evacuated to nearby ports.
On Friday, a civilian diver who had been involved in cutting open the hull of the sunken ferry died. He was the second diver to die as part of the operation.
Divers are suffering from mounting fatigue as the search continues into its seventh week. "The atmosphere has become tense due to the latest death of a diver," said one rescue worker. "And the unforgiving weather has severely dampened morale."
In a gymnasium in Jindo, South Jeolla Province that has been housing the family members of the victims, only four to five people remain waiting for news of their loved ones 47 days after the accident.
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