Rescue team to attempt entering center cabins on 4th floor of sunken vesselUpdated: 2014-04-24 04:41:57 KST
More than a week has passed since Korea's worst maritime disaster in recent history.
The number of passengers confirmed dead rose slightly overnight, but the number of people unaccounted for still stands at over 1-hundred-40.
We are going to connect live to our Hwang Sung-hee who's been reporting from the nearest port from the accident site.
Sung-hee, more bodies were retrieved overnight, but survivors are extremely unlikely to be found now
We are now into the ninth day of search-and-rescue operations and not a single survivor has been found since the ferry capsized.
The death toll rose overnight to 159.
Most of the bodies retrieved were students from Danwon High School.
The families of the missing camping out here at the Paengmok-hang Harbor are clinging to a very thin shred of hope but they are growing restless.
More and more families have been filling the harbor lately with the rise in the death toll as they come to witness with their own eyes their child's body.
I've seen family members who've received reports confirming the death of their child, collapse and pass out and others are weeping and crying out into the open sea, shouting for their children to return.
Yes, it's sad to see that hope has now turned into waiting for the news they've feared since the ferry sank How is the search-and-rescue operation progressing are divers getting further into the vessel?
The rescue team will attempt to enter the center area of the fourth floor cabins in about an hour's time.
This is the part of the ferry the Danwon High School students were staying in and is where many of the missing passengers are believed to be.
Like you said over 1-hundred-40 remain missing inside the sunken ship and most of them are high school students.
Today's rescue operations will include the largest number of rescue personnel yet.
The rescue teams have been focusing their search on the third and fourth floors of the vessel, and so far, they said they did not find any air pockets.
This greatly reduces the chances of finding survivors in the sunken ship.
It's been a week since the tragedy, and messages of support for those still missing in the sunken ship were sent to Paengmok-hang Harbor from across the nation.
The messages said "We love you all" and that "miracles will happen."
This has been Hwang Sung-hee reporting from Paengmok-hang Harbor.
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I wish the Rescue team all the best.