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Probe bill a focus 3 months after ferry disaster

Wednesday marked 3 months since South Korea's ferry disaster.

The Sewol sank off Jindo Island on April 16th, leaving 293 people dead and 11 missing. Most of the victims were high school students on a school trip.

Relatives and friends offered prayers at a port near the site on Wednesday morning. A search for the missing continues, but no progress has been reported since one more body was discovered on June 24th.

Ruling and opposition parties seek to reach agreement on Wednesday on a special bill to look into the disaster and support bereaved families.

Victims' relatives have been holding a sit-in in front of the country's parliament building and elsewhere. They're demanding that a proposed investigation team be given the right to look into the disaster and indict those responsible under the legislation. They've collected 3.5 million signatures for their cause.

President Park Geun-hye's support rate is hovering around the lower 40 percent range. The rate was about 60 percent before the disaster, but declined sharply afterwards.

In late April, Prime Minister Chung Hong-won expressed intent to resign to take responsibility for the government's slow response to the disaster. Park nominated 2 men to succeed him but they withdrew their candidacies amid objections from the opposition and the public. That led Chung to retain his job.

Jul. 16, 2014 - Updated 11:07 UTC