Sunken ferry figures revised- 174 rescued, 476 totalUpdated: 2014-04-19 12:08:57 (KST)
We're in the fourth day now of search and rescue operations in and around the sunken Sewol-ho ferry.
But now as the ferry is completely submerged, and flipped upside down underwater, hopes are dimming.
with family members of those still missing clinging onto the possibility that "air pockets" could have kept passengers alive.
For the latest on this ferry disaster, we have Connie Lee following the updates from the newsroom.
Connie give us the figures first-- the government has revised the number of passengers that the ferry was carrying, and the number of rescued people?
Hey Conn-young, yes as of now 29 passengers have officially been confirmed dead.
and 273 people remain missing.
Now the total number of passengers has changed--- with one more person added.
Officials say that 4-hundred-76 people were on that ferry and the number of rescued has been reduced--- it now stands at 174 down five from the previous figure.
Government officials say they made a mistake, apparently not realizing repeated names on the rescued list.
Again, the number of people missing remains at 273--
and you know Conn-young, there is a sad reality that the potential death toll from this ferry disaster is 302 people. Now this includes those already confirmed dead, plus those missing. Connyoung?
And Connie, there is news that search divers have caught a glimpse of some bodies in the ship. What's the latest?
Yes-- well early this morning officials said that divers did spot three possible bodies
through a window, inside the fourth floor of the sunken ferry.
Now this is the first time bodies were spotted since rescue operations began on Wednesday.
Divers were not actually able to get inside the ship early this morning, because they couldn't break through the windows but officials say they are currently working on doing that---
We'll bring you more on that as updates come in.
In the meantime on Jindo island
authorities have started taking DNA samples from the relatives of those still missing.
A tent has been set up for that to help authorities eventually identify bodies.
That must be incredibly difficult for those families.
Alright, thanks Connie we'll check in with you later in the newscast for other updates
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Still sad news.