South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Sunday told families of those missing in a sunken ferry that her heart breaks knowing what they are going through.

Park met with about 50 relatives on Jindo, an island near where the ferry sank April 16 with 476 people aboard, most of them students from one high school. With eight bodies recovered Sunday, the death toll reached 244 with 58 still missing while 174 survived, including 22 of the 29 crew members.

"I've gone through the grief of losing family, so I understand it well," Park told relatives, referring to the violent deaths of both parents, one of whom was a South Korean dictator. Local media said reporters were asked to leave the tent during Park's talk with the relatives. Families' crying could be heard outside the tent. - AP