South Korean Navy Ship Was 'Split In Two' By Mystery Explosion
"The mysterious explosion which sunk a South Korean naval ship split the vessel's hull in two, officials say.
The two halves are lying in about 40 feet of water but bad weather has prevented military divers from reaching the wreckage.
A total of 46 sailors are missing but rescuers say it is unlikely anyone could have survived three days in the near-freezing water.
The exact cause of the explosion remained unclear - and officials said it could take weeks to determine.
The ship, which was on a routine patrol with other vessels in the Yellow Sea off South Korea's west coast, sank about three hours after the blast.
Fierce waves and high winds have hampered the search in the area where the two Koreas have fought bloody naval engagements.
Despite the location of the sinking, North Korea did not appear to be involved."
"There is no possibility whatsoever that the ship sank due to an internal explosion or a collision with a reef."
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