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Death toll rises with no news of survivors from sunken Korean ferry
Updated: 2014-04-23 13:56:13 KST

Our Hwang Sung-hee joins us live from the nearest port from the accident site.
Sung-hee, dozens of bodies were retrieved in ** the search operations overnight, but still no word of a single survivor.

You're right, Daniel.
We are now into the eighth day of search and rescue operations and not a single survivor has been found since the ferry capsized.
The death toll is rising by the hour.
Most of the bodies found today have not been identified yet but many are suspected to be high school students.
Still, some 150 people remain missing inside the sunken ship and most of them are students from Danwon High School.
The families of the missing camping out here at the Paengmok-hang harbor are clinging onto their last shred of hope but they are growing restless.
I've seen family members who received reports confirming the death of their child pass out and others are weeping and crying out into the open sea, telling their children to return.
Temporary mortuaries will be set at this harbor and funeral services will start running today.

** Now, the search operations today - have we seen any progress?

The rescue team succeeded in entering the vessel's cafeteria on the third floor yesterday afternoon more than a day after they secured a route there.
That's where many of the passengers are believed to have been at the time of the sinking because it was breakfast time when the ferry started to list.
But unfortunately, they failed to find any survivors or bodies there.
The rescue team is planning to focus their search on the cabins located on the third and fourth floors of the vessel -- another area that authorities expect passengers to have been when the ship capsized.
More than 200 rescue boats, 34 aircraft and some 550 rescue personnel will be taking part in today's rescue operations.
This has been Hwang Sung-hee reporting from Paengmok-hang harbor.
KOGL : Korea Open Government License

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