Strong Currents Halt Search for Trapped Ferry Passengers

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Civilian divers jump into the sea next to the submerged ferry Sewol off South Korea's southwestern coast on April 17, 2014.YNA via EPA

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Difficult conditions thwarted attempts by divers to enter a submerged ferry off the coast of South Korea Thursday.

Navy and coast guard divers tried to enter the ship more than 10 times but were hampered by poor underwater visibility and strong currents, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

Diving operations were suspended altogether at around 1 p.m. local time Thursday (midnight ET) due to bad weather, officials said.

- Alastair Jamieson
Members of the South Korean Navy search for missing passengers at the site of the sunken ferry off the coast of Jindo Island on April 17, 2014.Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images