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S Koreans mark sombre Children's Day in memory of ferry tragedy

South Korean rescue workers continue to search for more bodies from the ferry that sunk on April 16 amid concerns not all the bodies will be found due to strong currents pushing them out to sea.

SEOUL: South Korean rescue workers continue to search for more bodies from the ferry that sunk on April 16 amid concerns not all the bodies will be found due to strong currents pushing them out to sea.

So far, 254 bodies have been discovered while more than 48 passengers remain unaccounted for. No-one has been found alive since the first day of the disaster.

On Monday, the country marked Children's Day in a sombre fashion -- with many people using their holiday to visit altars set up in memory of those who died.

There are usually lots of parades and children’s events throughout the day, but those events have been cancelled this year as the country mourns for hundreds of people who died in that ferry disaster.

"As a mother raising a child, if there were loud events going on, I think I would have been very uncomfortable and I might even have gone back home," said Cho Jin-i, a mother.

In Jindo, divers continue to search the submerged ferry for more bodies amid worries the strong currents may have pushed some bodies out to open sea.

Recovery workers have set up a net barricade around the ferry -- a day after President Park Geun-hye promised families of passengers still missing that the rescue operations would continue until every single body is found.

Last week, bodies were located about four kilometres from the recovery site and in recent days, personal belongings have been spotted even further away.

As the search goes on, South Koreans headed for the public altars set up in several cities across the country.

More than 1.1 million people have visited them so far, with many parents taking their children along to pay tribute to all those who died.

The disaster has left the country in shock, mainly because most of those who died, or are still reported missing, were only high school students. Their loss feels even more painful on this Children's Day. 

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