Divers Recover Another Body: Total Death Toll at 174
ZEEBRUGGE, Belgium (AP) _ Divers recovered one body Saturday from the British ferry that capsized March 6 off this North Sea port, raising the confirmed death toll to 174, officials said.
Sixty-one bodies were recovered soon after the disaster and perhaps 21 bodies are still inside the hull.
The first 11 of 113 bodies taken from the Herald of Free Enterprise since Tuesday’s righting were repatriated to Britain, said Karen Martin, spokeswoman for ferry owner Townsend Thoresen.
Zeebrugge naval base spokesman Frank Slootmans said navy divers dug through mud and debris on the passenger decks of the 7,951-ton ship to bring one more body to the base Saturday, four days after the ferry was pulled onto its keel in shallow waters just outside the harbor.
Late Friday, divers had also retrieved a body, Slootmans said.