China’s Shanghai Salvage-led consortium started underwater operations on the Sewol ferry recovery.
According to media reports, divers from Shanghai Salvage are carrying out inspections to get better insight into the condition of the sunken ferry.
The Sewol ferry sank more than a year ago en route from Incehon to the island of Jeju with over 400 people onboard, mostly high school students.
Nine people are still missing and are expected to be found inside the ship.
According to the authorities, the ferry will be lifted in one peace to prevent any of the bodies to drift away during the salvage.
The salvage operation is planned to be conducted using metal beams, the company noted, and the government expects to complete the project before July next year.