Dozens of bodies retrieved, death toll rises to 87Updated: 2014-04-21 20:59:43 (KST)
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 day and into night.
Unfortunately no survivors have been found since the first day and the death toll continues to rise.
Let's go live to our Hwang Sung-hee and Ji Myung-kil standing by at Paengmok-hang harbor, which is just 20 kilometers from the accident scene.
Within the last couple of hours, we have seen the death toll rise dramatically.
Dozens of bodies have been recovered and the death toll currently stands at 87 but that number is fast-changing.
The bodies have not been identified yet, but most are suspected to be high school students and also includes foreigners.
It has been endless crying and wailing of family members of the victims here each time a report comes in, confirming that their child has passed away in the sunken ferry.
Some family members of those still missing from the ferry disaster took a boat ride out to the site of the accident, earlier today.
Around 20 people got on board two boats and were out for three hours.
When they returned from that trip some put on a brave face but most had bleary eyes and faces swollen from crying.
But rescue operations for possible survivors will continue throughout the night.
That's right, the divers will be working around the clock to speed up their search operations.
Flares and fishing boats with powerful flood lights will help the divers operate in the dark.
More than 2-hundred rescue boats, 32 aircrafts and over 6-hundred rescue personnels took part in today's search operations.
They've been trying to enter the vessel's cafeteria but so far no word on whether they succeeded.
Two underwater submersibles sent by the U.S. made research operations on the third and fourth floors of the vessel, but not much progress has been made.
As the bodies are being retrieved, we are expecting the death toll to rise even further, later on.
This was Ji Myung-kil and Hwang Sung-hee reporting from Paengmok-hang harbor.
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I can feel the pain of those who were affected by this unfortunate event. The first time I heard about the news I taught many will survive since rescue was deployed fast but as the days passed by death casualties rapidly increase. My heart breaks every time I watch the news and read articles. I just hope and pray there will be a survivor remaining. I know the chances were so little but let's not lose hope and don't give up on those students missing. I'll be praying for them from a far. #PrayforSouthKorea
it's terrible. i cant find words to say about this accident. i am watching every day your channel for know more about people. im very upset. i hope there will be more survivor. my prayers with you South Korea. From Turkey.
@caculo21 (USA)Same here. :(
Each time I watch or hear the news about this tragedy, it saddens my heart. My prayers and condolences to the people of South Korea.