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Rescue operations to continue through the night Updated: 2014-04-19 21:09:58 KST

Rescue operations to continue through the night
Let's connect now to the scene where the search-and-rescue operations are in full swing at this hour, at the scene of the Sewol-ho ferry disaster.

We have our Yoo Li-an and Ji Myung-kil both standing by at Paengmok Harbor for the latest.
Li-an and Myung-kil, rescue operations have been hindered today due to poor conditions.
Tell us about the situation down there right now.

Hello, we are out here at Paengmok Harbor, which is about 10 kilometers from the site of the accident where rescue operations are being carried out as we speak.
They started at 7 p.m. local time , which is when tides here at the harbor calmed down.

Right, the commissioner general of the Korea Coast Guard, during a briefing a couple of hours ago, said the divers will be going into the waters a total of four times tonight.
About 8-hundred-80 flare bombs will be shot into the air to brighten up the night sky, to help with the rescue operations.
But conditions down here are difficult, to say the least.
There has been an oil spill from the Sewol-ho ferry and an oil belt has formed around the site of the accident.
The spill has been creating an overwhelming smell and really hindering search efforts.
And concerns are rising, as about 2-hundred tons of oil is said to be still in the vessel.

Yes, the Coast Guard said a thin layer of oil was visible around three islands in the area, spread out around some 10 kilometers.
Officials are having problems locating the origin of the oil spill.
Damages will likely be caused to several oyster farms in the area.
The coast guard is doing what it can to stop the spread.
And the weather conditions have also been pretty bad down here as well..

That's right.
In addition to the oil spill, the weather was really not working in favor of the rescue team here.
Rescue operations have been halted thoughout most of the afternoon here at the harbor.
Winds were blowing in at a speed of up to 12 kilometers per hour and the tides rising to as high as two meters.
Because of the bad weather conditions, divers have only been able to make attempts to get into the vessel twice today,.. at around 2 and 4 this afternoon local time.
Both attempts were failures.
As for the three bodies that were spotted in the fourth floor of the vessel earlier in the morning, rescue efforts have been ongoing to recover them, and others as well in the ferry.

And as for the weather conditions
Rescue operations will continue throughout the night, and if the weather conditions improve Sunday morning divers and underwater drones will be deployed to the scene.
The weather may not be good around the site of the accident though.
Rain is expected to start in the coming hours.
But in the morning skies are due to clear up, which may add some speed to rescue operations.

We are, with the rest of the victims' families here are just hoping that the 2-hundred-69 still missing are brought back to their loved ones, waiting anxiously here at the Paengmok Harbor.
That's all we have for now at the back to you guys in the studio.
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