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South Korea ferry disaster: S Korean president apologises over ferry sinking

South Korean President Park Geun-hye apologises over the sunken ferry Sewol during a cabinet meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. (AP) South Korean President Park Geun-hye apologises over the sunken ferry Sewol during a cabinet meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. (AP)
Associated Press | Seoul | Posted: April 29, 2014 11:14 am | Updated: April 29, 2014 11:27 am

South Korea’s president has apologised to the public for the government’s poor initial response to a ferry sinking that has left more than 300 people missing or dead.

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The apology came as divers on Tuesday fought strong currents in their search for more than 100 missing passengers. The government has raised the death toll on what has become a point of national mourning and shame to 193. Most of the dead and missing are high school students.

President Park Geun-hye said at a cabinet meeting at the presidential Blue House that South Korea has “lost many precious lives because of the accident, and I am sorry to the public and am heavy-hearted.” She says the government couldn’t prevent the accident and “the initial response and remedy were insufficient.”

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