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South Korean PM Resigns Over Ferry Disaster
South Korea's Prime Minister has resigned over the government's handling of the ferry disaster that has left more than 300 people dead or missing.
Chung Hong-won said: "As I saw grieving families suffering with the pain of losing their loved ones and the sadness and resentment of the public, I thought I should take all responsibility as prime minister.
"There have been so many varieties of irregularities that have continued in every corner of our society and practices that have gone wrong.
"I hope these deep-rooted evils get corrected this time and this kind of accident never happens again."
A total of 115 passengers remain missing after the Sewol ferry sank on a trip from the port on Incheon to the holiday island of Jeju on April 16.
The death toll stands at 187.
The resignation has to be accepted by President Park Geun-hye.
Executive power largely rests with the president, so Mr Chung's offer appears to be largely symbolic.
Mr Chung was booed and had a water bottle thrown at him when he visited distraught parents the day after the tragedy.
There has been anger at the slow pace of the recovery mission and the frequent changes in information provided by the government.
There have also been several reports in the South Korean media of bodies going to the wrong families, with the error sometimes being identified only after remains had been taken to a funeral home.
A total of 325 out of the 476 people on board were high school students. Around 250 are either confirmed or presumed dead.
The children on board were told to stay put in their cabins while they waited for further orders.
Divers are continuing to search for bodies believed to be trapped in the sunken vessel, but poor weather conditions and a powerful swell are complicating efforts.
Despite waves of up to nine feet (three metres) and near gale-force winds, 93 divers are trying to get into the ferry.
A coastguard spokesman said: "The situation is very difficult due to the weather, but we are continuing search efforts, using the occasional calmer periods."
Around a quarter of the bodies recovered have been found in waters outside the vessel, and there are fears some of those who are missing might have drifted from the wreck.
On Saturday four more crew members were arrested.
All 15 members of the crew are in custody and face charges ranging from criminal negligence to abandoning passengers.