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Korea Coast Guard's Human Biological Materials Storage Project for Identifying Bodies Recovered from the Sea: A Model Suggestion (해양변사자 신원확인을 위한 해양경찰의 인체유래물 보관사업 모델제시)

  • Joo, Hyunjung;Choo, Minkyu;Baek, Yoongi;Kim, Namyul;Choi, A-jin;Im, Sonyoung;Lee, Jongnam;Kim, Hyungkyu;Lee, Hanseong
    • Journal of the Korean Society of Marine Environment & Safety
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    • v.24 no.2
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    • pp.171-178
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    • 2018
  • The ocean is a harsh environment and Korea Coast Guard officers often face the threat of death or going missing in the line of duty. In order to promptly identify unknown bodies during mishaps, Korea Coast Guard Research Center has established an identification system using the DNA of its officers. This collected DNA can also be entombed in National Cemeteries when the remains are not recovered. The storage, disposal and quality control of the materials are overseen by the Governing Committee according to the Enforcement Rules for the Human Biological Materials Storage Project for the Identification of Officers Killed or Gone Missing in Action. Approximately 700 bodies are found per year along the Korean coast. An alternative method should be put in place for when identification through fingerprints and teeth are not applicable due to severe decomposition or partial recovery. We believe it would greatly contribute to helping identify the unknown bodies if the storage project could expand its data to include marine industry workers, relevant researchers and those involved in marine leisure activities.