The rear portion of the Cheonan is hoisted Tuesday afternoon nearby waters off Baengnyeong Island 17 days after the sinking of the naval patrol ship. Most of the missing sailors are assumed to have died. Due to bad weather, the military moved the rear portion of the ship 4.6 kilometers toward the coast of the island after connecting two large chains with the rear section. To make underwater operations easier, it moved the ship southeastward from a place 45 meters in depth to another place 25 meters in depth. The cutting plane, which is expected to provide clues on the cause of the sinking, was not unveiled in the transfer process.