Relatives' hopes dashed as South Korea ferry bones not human

Updated 2017-03-29 14:32:10 CGTN

South Korean workers attempting to salvage the wreckage of the Sewol ferry have found possible remains of one missing victim, nearly three years after the disaster that killed 304 people, reported AFP citing an official from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.

Rescue workers had recovered 295 bodies before the government ended underwater searches in November 2014, seven months after the ship sank. According to AFP, nine of the ferry's passengers remain missing.

The ferry was structurally unsound, overloaded and traveling too fast on a turn when it capsized and sank during a routine voyage off the southwest coast on April 16, 2014. Most of the victims were children on a school excursion.

“Six pieces of remains that were found are 4 cm to 18 cm long,” Lee Cheol-jo, an official of the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, told a briefing on Tuesday, said Reuters.

The fragments appeared to have emerged through the vessel's windows, the official added.

Lee declined to say how many victims the remains were suspected to have come from, but said DNA tests would be done.

The ferry captain was found guilty of homicide in 2015 and was jailed for life.

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