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S Korea beginsops to salvage sunken ferry

South Korea on Monday announced it has begun the difficult operation to salvage the Sewol ferry, which sank off the southwest coast of the country in April 2014.

It is believed that nine bodies, of the over 300 victims most of them school children who died in the tragic sinking, are still in the sunken ferry.

The Chinese consortium Shanghai Salvage on Sunday lifted the front of the ship, which lies 37 metres deep and upside down on the seabed, and began to install the platforms to raise it to the surface, a spokesman for the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries told EFE news.

Once the platforms are placed under the ferry, which will take around three to four weeks and also requires partial lifting at the rear, a marine crane with 92 steel cables will be attached to the structure.

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