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Sixth day of search-and-rescue operation, no survivors found

Updated: 2014-04-21 15:22:10 KST
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It's been more than five full days now since Korea's worst ferry disaster in two decades, with search-and-rescue operations continuing through the days and the nights.
Unfortunately no survivors have been found and the death toll continues to rise.
Let's go live to our Hwang Sung-hee and Ji Myung-kil, who are standing by at Paengmok-hang Harbor, which is just 20 **kilometers from the accident scene.
Sung-hee, what's the latest from where you are?


The rescue team have been attempting to enter the third floor since noon today, but we have not yet heard whether they succeeded or not.
They are focusing their search on the third and fourth floors of the vessel.
The third floor is where the vessel's cafeteria is located and the fourth floor is where the cabins are, and where most of the students on board were believed to be at the time of the sinking.
Nearly 240 people are still missing in the sunken Sewol-ho ferry and nearly 90 percent of those are from Danwon High School in Ansan.
The divers are working around the clock and in addition to the five guide ropes that have been attached to the sunken vessel, they added one more, securing another route to the inside of the ferry.
The families of the missing high school students are still holding out hopes that survivors will be found.


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.


Yes, it is indeed a race against time as they look for any signs of survivors. The death toll has risen to 64, with six more bodies, all females, recovered today.
Their identities have been confirmed through DNA testing.
The bodies were found on the fourth floor of the vessel, which like I said earlier, was where the cabins of the students were.
The number of survivors remains unchanged at 174.
But it seems the weather conditions have taken a turn for the better.


The weather conditions at the accident site have been favorable this Monday, with clear skies and calm tidal waves at 1-meter levels.
Five full days have passed since the ferry capsized, but the families of the missing are clinging onto hope.
This was Ji Myung-kil and Hwang Sung-hee reporting from the Paengmok-hang harbor.


Reporter : ssung86@arirang.co.kr

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fatboyme (USA) 2014-04-21    

@jkcivil (Korea)...Yes me too!

larris5 (Jordan) 2014-04-21    

My deepest condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in this tragedy and to the Korean Nation. I have been watching arirang news for days hoping for a miracle. May GOD rest their souls in peace and give their families strength.
Lara from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

jkcivil (Korea) 2014-04-21    

I hope there will be survivors in a ship!