Rescuers on April 23 discovered the body of Vietnamese bride Phan Ngoc Thanh who was onboard the capsized vessel off the Republic of Korea’s southwestern coast on April 16.

Born in the southernmost province of Ca Mau, the 29-year-old victim got married and naturalised in the RoK last July under the name “Han Yun Ji”, with two children.

Her five-year-old girl Kwon Ji-yeon was saved as the youngest passenger from the disaster, while her husband and six-year-old son are still unaccounted for.

Thanh’s father Phan Van Chay and her sister Phan Ngoc Hanh were present at Bengmok beach, Chindo district, Chonlanm-do province to identify the body.

The submerged five-storey ferry carried 476 crew and passengers, mainly high school students, to the RoK popular holiday destination of Jeju Island .

The latest confirmed deaths from the disaster amounted to 159 and 143 others are still missing.

Over 60,000 Vietnamese women are married to RoK citizens and many people from the RoK are residing in Vietnam.-VNA