Bodies of victims from South Korea ferry disaster sent to wrong families

The South Korean government has admitted that bodies pulled from the wreckage of the recent ferry disaster have been wrongly identified.


by Fiona Day |
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According to reports, many of the traumatic errors in identifying the bodies were only flagged up when the remains arrived at funeral homes.

So far, divers have recovered 183 bodies from the wreckage but 119 still remain missing and feared dead within the capsized ferry.

The government agreed on an ‘action plan,’ admitting: ‘There have been cases where the victims were wrongly transferred.’

Divers are currently searching for bodies in the wreckage
Divers are currently searching for bodies in the wreckage

Identification will be made using DNA, fingerprints and dental records before bodies are finally released to families.

The captain, along with 10 other crew members, was arrested on suspicion of negligence following the ferry disaster.

80% of those killed in the ferry crash were students from a high school in Ansan, just south of the country’s capital Seoul.

The headmaster in charge of the school party was found hanged after the ferry disaster. Investigators do not yet know what caused the ferry to capsize, with ‘excessive veering’ and tidal patterns potentially set to be held accountable.

Divers are hoping to retrieve the rest of the victims’ bodies safely before resorting to lifting the wreckage.

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