The first body found in three months is being recovered from the sunken South Korean ferry, increasing the official death toll to 295.

The government task force says in a statement the body was found around a women's toilet in the ship Tuesday. The badly decayed body was being pulled up to the surface and DNA tests were planned to identify the victim.

The Sewol ferry sank in April. The body is the first recovered since July 18.

Nine victims are still missing.

Family members of the missing people this week rejected a proposal to hoist the ship. They worry over a possibility the remaining bodies would be swept away or damaged.

Most of the ferry victims were teenage students who were on a school trip to a resort island.