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Pengmok-hang harbor MNG

Updated: 2014-04-20 16:15:27 KST
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First up we turn to our Ji Myung-kil at Paengmok-hang Harbor - just 20 kilometers from where the Sewol-ho ferry capsized the focal point of search and rescue operations.
Myung-kil, more and more bodies are being retrieved we are seeing the **death toll rise by the hour but there's been no change in the the number of survivors.


You're right. Unfortunately Daniel the death toll is rising by the hour.
The latest number we had was 56, and the rescue team here is trying to identify the bodies.
Dozens of bodies have been recovered from the vessel since last night.
That was when the rescue team here was able to break into the windows to gain access into the cabins.
Special tents are set up on the rear sides of the harbor where DNA samples are being taken from families members and the bodies that come in.
Once the DNA samples are taken they are directly sent to hospitals.
Unfortunately there was tragic news this morning.
The navy has confirmed that a navy officer died yesterday after he hit his head during rescue operations on Wednesday. He was previously in a coma.

Could you update us on the rescue efforts so far?
We'll need all the manpower and equipment we can muster at the moment.
Give us the details.


Another two underwater drones will be arriving here at Pengmok-hang harbor Sunday night along with two U.S. technical experts to support the ongoing rescue operation.
Also, a total of five guidelines, which divers can use to get to the ship, have been attached to the Sewol-ho ferry.
With the new routes into the ferry secured, the divers can all carry out rescue operations simultaneously.
The emergency headquarters here says they have over 560 divers carrying out all-out rescue and search operations today, along with 204 vessels and 34 aircraft.
A Side Scan Soner has also been deployed to detect any bodies that may drift away from the accident site.
The weather is clear down here right now and the tides pretty low at just about 1 meter, so the conditions are improving here for rescue operations.

An ounce of good news so far is that nature isn't providing roadblocks today.
We are all hoping this continued drought of good news will end soon.
Our Ji Myung-kil , reporting live from Paengmok-hang Harbor near the ferry disaster site.


Reporter : mkji@arirang.co.kr

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