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천안함 함미에 대한 인양이 임박했다. 14일 백령도 장촌해안에서 천안함 잔해수색작전 중인 해병대원들이 15일로 예고된 함미부분 인양에 대비해 조를 나눠 대기하고 있다. 해병대원들은 천안함 함미 인양이 시작되면 만일의 실종자 유실이나 잔해가 유실되면 이를 해상에게 바로 건져낼 계획이다. [연합뉴스]

The sunken stern of the Cheonan naval vessel will be lifted tomorrow, nearly three weeks after the 1,200-ton corvette mysteriously went down off Korea’s west coast.

The Ministry of National Defense announced today the operation to retrieve the rear part of the Cheonan was scheduled to get under way at 9 a.m. Thursday. On Monday, the stern broke surface for the first time as it was carried off to shallower waters to facilitate the salvage operation.

Park Sung-woo, spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said divers would connect a third chain around the stern to lift it with a crane. The military had said it would need three chains to retrieve the stern and four chains to salvage the bow. Poor weather conditions with strong winds and high waves on Monday put salvage operations on hold and forced barges and cranes away from the waters where the Cheonan sunk.

By Yoo Jee-ho [jeeho@joongang.co.kr]
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'천안함' 함미(艦尾) 인양작업이 15일 오전 9시부터 시작된다.

천안함 실종자 가족협의회는 "대청도에 피항해 있던 함미 인양선 '유성호'가 14일 오후 1시 30분께 인양작업 현장에 도착함에 따라 3번째 체인 연결작업을 시작할 계획"이라며 "오늘 자정께까지 체인결색 및 안전점검을 완료할 방침"이라고 이날 밝혔다.

가족협의회 측은 "백령도 현지에 가족대표로 나가 있는 참관단과의 휴대전화 통화과정에서 통화상태가 좋지않아 '함미 3번째 체인연결 완료'로 잘못 전달됐다"며 의미 전달에서 착오가 있었음을 설명했다.
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