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Published : 2014-07-18 20:51
Updated : 2014-07-18 20:51

One more body was recovered Friday from the sunken passenger ferry Sewol, after no progress was made over the past three weeks, officials said.

The body, presumed to be that of a female cook, was found in the cafeteria of the submerged ship around 6:20 a.m., according to officials from the government’s disaster response team.

The finding raised the death toll to 294 and lowered the number of those missing to 10, the officials said.

The officials said they will conduct a DNA test and fingerprint scan to identify the body.

A group of civilian, military and Coast Guard divers will continue to comb compartments of the sunken vessel where the rest of the missing are presumed to be, the government team said.

The 6,825-ton ferry Sewol, carrying 476 people, sank in southwestern waters on April 16 en route to the southern resort island of Jeju. Most of the passengers were high school students on a field trip. (Yonhap)

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