Plunging into the murky waters of the Yellow Sea, South Korean divers on Tuesday drilled a hole into the hull of a sunken patrol vessel in a desperate search for survivors of their nation’s worst naval disaster.
The effort came as a grim South Korea entered its fourth day of searching for why the 1,200-ton combat corvette Cheonan vanished beneath the tense maritime border between the two Koreas late Friday.
The boat broke in two following a mysterious explosion in its hull, officials say. Fifty-eight of the 104 crew members, including the captain, survived but 46 others remained missing. And as hours ticked by, the nation came closer to presuming the men dead.