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1st body in 3 months found inside sunken South Korean ferry, leaving 9 victims still missing

  • FILE - In this April 17, 2014 file photo, South Korean Coast Guard officers search for missing passengers aboard sunken ferry Sewol in the waters off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea.  The first body found in three months was being recovered Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014,  from the sunken South Korean ferry, increasing the official death toll to 295, officials said. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

    FILE - In this April 17, 2014 file photo, South Korean Coast Guard officers search for missing passengers aboard sunken ferry Sewol in the waters off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea. The first body found in three months was being recovered Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, from the sunken South Korean ferry, increasing the official death toll to 295, officials said. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 19, 2014 file photo, South Korean rescue members search passengers believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol near the buoys which were installed to mark the area in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea.  The first body found in three months was being recovered Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014,  from the sunken South Korean ferry, increasing the official death toll to 295, officials said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

    FILE - In this April 19, 2014 file photo, South Korean rescue members search passengers believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol near the buoys which were installed to mark the area in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea. The first body found in three months was being recovered Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, from the sunken South Korean ferry, increasing the official death toll to 295, officials said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)  (The Associated Press)

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.