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Posted : 2014-04-17 18:20
Updated : 2014-04-17 22:13

Park visits site of tragedy

By Kim Tae-gyu

President Park Geun-hye visited the site, Thursday, where the ferry Sewol capsized off the country's southwestern coast yesterday to encourage the continuing search for hundreds of passengers who remain missing.

After arriving at an adjacent port, Park got on a small coast guard boat before transferring to a larger ship to reach the scene of the sinking located off the coast of Jindo, South Jeolla Province.

"I am very concerned that rescue efforts are slow even after we mobilized so many people and so much equipment," Park said aboard the ship. "The weather is cold at sea and colder still underwater. If there are survivors, we cannot waste even a second."

Presidential spokesman Min Kyung-wook said that Park remained awake all night and decided on the visit early Thursday morning.

Chief of staff Kim Ki-choon accompanied the president along with senior political secretary Park Joon-woo and senior press secretary Lee Jung-hyun.

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