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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 disaster official death toll rises

South Korean coast guard officers try to rescue passengers from the Sewol ferry as it sinks. Credit: PA/Yonhap

The official death toll in the South Korea ferry disaster has risen to 58 as search and rescue divers finally succeed in entering the sunken vessel.

The confirmed death toll jumped from 33 to 58 within 24 hours as divers, hampered for days by strong currents, bad weather and low visibility, finally found a way inside the sunken vessel

Only 174 people are known to have survived the sinking of the Sewol, which had been on its way from the South Korean port city of Incheon to the southern island of Jeju.

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