Death toll in South Korea ferry disaster crosses 150
The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 yesterday, as divers speeded up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged ship and police took two more of its crew into custody.
Better weather and calm seas spurred their efforts but underwater visibility was still very poor, forcing divers to grope their way blindly though the corridors and cabins of the ferry that capsized and sank last Wednesday.
More than 190 people are still missing.
A total of 174 passengers were rescued from the Sewol, which capsized as it sailed from Incheon in the north-west to the southern island of Jeju