Death Toll From Ferry Disaster Is Slowly Rising

MOKPO, South Korea (April 19, 2014) The number of confirmed dead in the South Korean ferry disaster rose to 33 Saturday, but about 270 people are still missing, many of them high school students.

Four more bodies were found Saturday in the murky waters near the sunken vessel.

The ferry sank Wednesday off South Korea's southern coast with 476 people aboard, most of them students from a single high school.

Many of the missing passengers were believed to be trapped inside the ferry, but divers fighting strong currents and rain have been unable to get to them.

The ship's captain was arrested on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.

Two crew members also were taken into custody Saturday, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred.

Relatives of the missing expressed their anger at officials holding a briefing.

A few dozen people surged toward the stage, hurling rapid-fire questions at the officials.

One man tried to choke a coast guard lieutenant and punch a maritime policeman, but missed.


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