Rescue teams have pulled 181 bodies from the sunk South Korean ferry, raising the death toll projected earlier. Although there are very little chances left of any survivors, the relatives of those missing are frustrated over the recovery operation off the southern island of Jindo. Till date, 121 passengers are untraced as their bodies are believed to be trapped in the submerged vessel which had sunk earlier this month.
Though gentle tides and good weather have helped the rescue teams, but the search conditions are still challenging and the teams can manage to recover only 30 bodies a day. A bulk of the passengers were 325 high school students around 250 of whom are confirmed or believed to be dead. The rescue teams have not discovered even a single survivor ever since 174 people were brought to safety on the day of the ferry accident. It took divers more than two days to enter the sunken ferry and two more to recover the first bodies due to tough weather conditions.