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Rescue team to try to enter cafeteria of sunken Korean ferry

Updated: 2014-04-21 12:05:23 KST
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But, down in Jindo
Search and rescue operations - now in its sixth day - continue for the nearly 240 people still missing from the Sewol-ho ferry disaster.
But, to the dismay of the families of those missing and the entire nation closely watching the operations there the death toll continues to rise and is regretfully expected to go up even more in the coming hours and days
We have two correspondents down at the Paengmok-hang Harbor - just 20 kilometers from the accident site - Our Hwang Sung-hee and Ji Myung-kil joins us live from there.
Sung-hee, Myung-kil **- do we have any developments on the search and rescue operations there?


Search and rescue operations are ongoing in the hopes of finding survivors from the capsized Sewol-ho ferry.
Just a couple of hours ago, the rescue team started their attempts to enter the third floor of the Sewol-ho ferry, the location of the vessel's cafeteria.
The divers are also searching the 4th floor where cabins are located and where most of the students on board were believed to be at the time of the sinking.
More than 200 people are still missing in the sunken ferry and nearly 90 percent of those are from the Danwon High School in Ansan.


The rescue teams are leaving no options out in the rescue operations.
More than 200 coast guard ships and navy vessels, 13 fishing boats, 35 aircraft and more than 500 divers have been deployed today.
Foreign countries are also lending help.
Technical experts from the U.S. and Netherlands are at the accident site to lend support to the ongoing rescue operations.
Two remotely controlled submersibles are searching inside the sunken ferry with the help of two U.S. experts.
The Korea Coast Guard has asked Japan to cooperate in sending over officials from the company that manufactured the Sewol-ho vessel.
The coast guard has also asked China to send two barges and two cranes.
But despite the ongoing rescue operations, there has been no news of any survivors.


That's right.
Unfortunately, the death toll has risen to 64 with six more bodies found today.
Some of the bodies have been identified, the rest are still undergoing DNA tests but they are all believed to be female students.
The number of survivors remains unchanged at 174.
The winds are blowing at a speed of 9 meters per second right now, which is better than yesterday and the weather looks favorable with clear skies and calm tidal waves at 2 meter levels.
Hopefully the weather will work in favor of the rescue efforts.
Five full days have passed since the ferry capsized, but the families of the missing are clinging onto hope.


It's a race against time for the rescue teams and we really hope for some good news throughout the day.
That was Hwang Sung-hee and Ji Myung-kil reporting from Paengmok-hang harbor.


Reporter : ssung86@arirang.co.kr

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