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Death toll rises with no news of survivors on sunken Korean ferry

Updated: 2014-04-22 09:09:04 (KST)
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It's now the seventh day of search-and-rescue operations for those onboard the sunken Sewol-ho ferry.
Rescue teams are doing everything they can at the site of the accident in the hope of finding any survivors, however so far only bodies have been recovered and the death toll is rising fast standing at 104 as of now..
Let's go straight to our Hwang Sung-hee at the Paengmok-hang harbor, just 20 kilometers away from the accident site.
Sung-hee, fill us in on the latest?

Jin-joo, as you said the confirmed death toll is rising fast now.
Most of the bodies coming here have not been identified yet, but they do have very detailed descriptions like what they were wearing, the length of their hair and even the shape of their earrings.
Family members of the missing who have been camping out here at the Paengmok-hang harbor have been gathering around the list trying to match the descriptions with their loved ones.
It's a heartbreaking sight to see as parents break down into tears when it is confirmed that it is their child's body.
Still, some 200 people remain missing and nearly 90 percent of those are students from Danwon High School.

How about the rescue operations? How is it going?

Rescue teams continued their search and rescue operations throughout the night.
Even at night, the divers continued their attempts to enter the vessel using the five guide ropes installed earlier to the ship.
They are focusing their search on the 3rd and 4th floors of the vessel, which is where the cafeteria and cabins are located, and which is where many passengers are believed to have been at the time of the sinking.
The rescue team is also receiving foreign support.
Experts from the U.S. and Netherlands are here in Jindo helping out with the rescue operations.
Since yesterday, two Remotely-Operated Vehicles sent by the U.S. were deployed to search inside the vessel.
More divers are expected to participate in the search operations as they try to take advantage of the neap tides have started.
This was Hwang Sung-hee reporting from Paengmok-hang harbor.


Reporter : ssung86@arirang.co.kr

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