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Raised South Korean ferry Sewol arrives at port for search

  • The sunken ferry Sewol is seen on a semi-submersible transport vessel in waters off Mokpo, South Korea. Friday, March 31, 2017. The corroding 6,800-ton ferry raised from the bottom of the sea last week arrived at a South Korean port Friday, where it will be searched for the remains of nine missing passengers from a 2014 sinking. (Kim Do-hun/Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUT

    The sunken ferry Sewol is seen on a semi-submersible transport vessel in waters off Mokpo, South Korea. Friday, March 31, 2017. The corroding 6,800-ton ferry raised from the bottom of the sea last week arrived at a South Korean port Friday, where it will be searched for the remains of nine missing passengers from a 2014 sinking. (Kim Do-hun/Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • The sunken ferry Sewol sitting on a semi-submersible transport vessel arrive at a port in Mokpo, South Korea. Friday, March 31, 2017. The corroding 6,800-ton ferry raised from the bottom of the sea last week arrived at a South Korean port Friday, where it will be searched for the remains of nine missing passengers from a 2014 sinking. (Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUT

    The sunken ferry Sewol sitting on a semi-submersible transport vessel arrive at a port in Mokpo, South Korea. Friday, March 31, 2017. The corroding 6,800-ton ferry raised from the bottom of the sea last week arrived at a South Korean port Friday, where it will be searched for the remains of nine missing passengers from a 2014 sinking. (Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUT  (The Associated Press)

The corroding South Korean ferry raised from the sea last week has arrived at the port where it will be searched for the remains of the last nine victims of the 2014 sinking.

Dozens of relatives of the victims watched Friday as workers from a port in Mokpo conducted operations to dock the transport vessel that carried the Sewol, lying with its rusty blue bottom facing land.

Finding the remains of the missing victims would bring a measure of closure to one of the country's deadliest disasters.

Fisheries Ministry official Lee Cheoljo said they hope to move the ferry to the dry dock around April 6. "We will try to start (the searches) as early as we can."