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Sunken warship raised; ‘many’ dead reported

April 15, 2010

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— South Korea lifted part of a warship from the sea today, nearly three weeks after it mysteriously exploded and sank with dozens of sailors trapped inside. Salvage workers reportedly found “many” dead bodies from the retrieved vessel.

Fifty-eight crew members were rescued shortly after the 1,200-ton Cheonan split into two after exploding March 26 during a routine patrol near the tense border with North Korea. Divers have recovered two bodies but 44 other crew members are unaccounted for.

Today, a huge naval crane hoisted the stern — where most of the missing sailors are believed trapped — a day after divers succeeded in tying the wreckage with chains.

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