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Death of South Korea ferry boss confirmed

South Korean police has said that a body found last month in the south of the country belonged to a fugitive businessman who headed the family that owned the operator of a ferry that capsized in April, killing more than 300 people.

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South Korea ferry sank 12 miles from coastline

Details have begun to emerge of the ferry that sank in South Korea which began to list badly about 20 km (12 miles) off the southwest coast as it headed for the island of Jeju.

The ship, Sewol, lay on its port side and capsized, with only part of its white and blue hull showing above the water.

Passengers from a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, are rescued by South Korean Coast guard. Credit: AP Photo/Yonhap

Coastguard vessels and fishing boats scrambled to rescue those on board, with dramatic television footage showing rescuers pulling passengers in life vests out of the water by hand as their boats bobbed beside the ferry's hull.

Other terrified passengers were winched to safety by helicopters hovering overhead. The ferry left from the port of Incheon, about 30 km (20 miles) west of Seoul, late on Tuesday. A distress signal was sent from the ship early on Wednesday, the South Korean coastguard said,

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