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Confirmed Dead Now at 113 for South Korea Ferry

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As more bodies are recovered from a sunken South Korean ferry, the number of confirmed dead has reached 113, with about 190 people still missing.
 
The victims were overwhelmingly students from a single high school. More than three quarters of the 323 students who were on board are dead or missing. Nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people aboard survived.
 
Officials say most of the bodies have been found on the third or fourth floors of the ferry, where many passengers seemed to have gathered.
 
Meanwhile, the four crew members from a sunken South Korean ferry who were arrested today have appeared in court.
 
In all, 22 of the 29 members of the ferry's crew survived, and nine of them -- including the captain -- have been arrested or detained in connection with the investigation.
 
The four who were arrested today talked to reporters after the court hearing, with their faces hidden by caps, sweatshirts and masks. One said the crew had tried to correct the ferry's listing early on, but that "various devices" failed to work. The crew member said they reported the emergency and tried to launch lifeboats, but the ferry was tilted too far.
 
The captain has said he waited to issue an evacuation order because the current was strong, the water was cold and passengers could have drifted away before help arrived. But maritime experts said he could have ordered passengers to the deck -- where they would have had a greater chance of survival -- without telling them to abandon ship.  (AP)
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