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

Updated: 2014-04-21 16:12:07 (KST)
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It's the sixth day since Korea's worst ferry disaster in two decades.
No survivors have been found and death tolls continue to rise.
Let's go live to our Ji Myung-kil at the Paengmok-hang Harbor just 20 kilometers from the accident scene.
Myung-kil, search-and-rescue operations continued through the days and nights what's the latest?

Yes 15 families from Jindo auditorium have arrived here at Paengmok-hang Harbor.
They will get on board a ship to visit the Sewol-ho ferry's accident site.
Families wept as soon as they arrived.
After visiting the disaster scene they will come return to Paengmok-hang Harbor.

That must be excruciating for the families. How have the rescue operations been going so far?

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.

It's a race against time for the rescue teams as they seek survivors. What are the latest numbers?

The death toll has risen to 64 and six more bodies were found today. The six bodies were identified as female students and their DNA samples were taken.
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.
The weather conditions at the accident site looks favorable 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 reporting from the Paengmok-hang harbor.


Reporter : ssung86@arirang.co.kr

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nicky1999 (USA) 2014-04-22    

how come when you try to make the picture bigger it won't do that it just stays small.all the people in the ferry disaster you are in my prayers every day God bless