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Difficulties Expected in Searching Sewol

14:05 April 12, 2017 replay time01:37

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The Sewol is now completely on land.

After washing and disinfecting the ship and running safety tests, all that is remaining is the search mission.

Lim Hye-jun has more on the people in charge of searching for the missing victims.


The process to salvage the Sewol has been completed.

For about a week, the ship will be put through washing, disinfection and safety tests.

After the safety tests, the search mission will begin in full.

Entering the ship, submerged under the water for three long years, is no easy task.

While it is already difficult to estimate the degree of internal damage, the hardened mud is also expected to impede the search.

The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and the Sewol Investigation Commission plan to employ about 35 search and recovery experts.

They include the maritime police, fire brigades and researchers from the National Forensic Service.

It was also reported that the military exhumation team from the Ministry of National Defense also expressed their willingness to join the search missions at the invitation of the Sewol Investigation Commission.

The search missions would essentially comprise cooperation between experts on ships, disaster sites and exhumation.

The fourth floor, where the missing victims are expected to be found, will likely be searched first.

The Ministry and the Investigation Commission plans to finalize and announce specific plans for the search missions this weekend or early next week at the latest, including how they plan to enter the ship.

Lim Hye-jun reporting for Yonhap News TV.

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