South Korea's president has apologized to the public for the government's poor initial response to a ferry sinking that has left more than 300 people missing or dead.
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The apology came as divers Tuesday fought strong currents in their search for more than 100 missing passengers. The government has raised the death toll on what has become a point of national mourning and shame to 193. Most of the dead and missing are high school students.
President Park Geun-hye said at a cabinet meeting at the presidential Blue House that South Korea has "lost many precious lives because of the accident, and I am sorry to the public and am heavy hearted." She says the government couldn't prevent the accident and "the initial response and remedy were insufficient."