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Body found in sunken South Korea vessel

By the CNN Wire Staff
A giant floating crane lifts the stern of the South Korean warship onto a barge.
A giant floating crane lifts the stern of the South Korean warship onto a barge.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Crews recover body of missing sailor from sunken South Korea ship
  • Ship went down in Yellow Sea; cause not yet known
  • Death toll now stands at 40; six sailors listed as missing
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Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- The body of a missing sailor was recovered in the wreckage of a South Korean ship that went down in the Yellow Sea in March, Yonhap news agency reported Saturday.

The ship sank mysteriously in an incident that heightened tensions between North and South Korea.

South Korea is investigating what caused the ship to sink and has not ruled out a theory that North Korea was involved, but Seoul has avoided directly blaming North Korea, which denied allegations it was responsible.

South Korea's Yonhap reported Saturday that authorities have lifted the remaining half of the vessel, which could help aid the investigation.

The 1,200-ton patrol ship Cheonan sank near the western sea border with North Korea on March 26.

Forty of Cheonan's 104 crewmembers have now been confirmed dead, and six more are also believed dead, though they are still listed as missing.

Fifty-eight crewmembers were rescued before the vessel sank.