A look at the “Crabster,” a six-legged robot submersible that today joined recovery crews at the site of the sunken Sewol ferry in South Korea. The official death toll now stands at 171, as the search continues for 131 unaccounted for. The crabster robot is the size of a small car, can walk along the sea bed and is intended to help divers search. Credit: Republic of Korea Coast Guard.
Today, rescuers found the bodies of a boy and a girl who had tied their life jacket cords together. “I started to cry thinking that they didn’t want to leave each other,” the diver who recovered them told the Kyunghyang Shinmun newspaper on the island of Jindo on Thursday, near where the overloaded ferry went down last week. Angry relatives of some of the missing expressed outrage to officials that the government did too little to protect the lives of the ferry passengers. Read a transcript of the ferry’s distress communications here.