Live updates from Jindo gymnasiumUpdated: 2014-04-24 14:21:33 KST
The parents of the missing are now into a ninth day of waiting for any news of their loved ones who were on board the Sewol-ho ferry.
The families have been huddled in a gymnasium near the accident site in Jindo where our Hwang Ji-hye joins us live.
The atmosphere here is still tense, as you would imagine, as divers continue to pull out bodies from the sunken ferry.
The families are looking helplessly at a television screen that provide descriptions of what the newly discovered bodies look like.
Earlier in the week, the families asked authorities to wrap up search and rescue operations by today.
With the weather conditions expected to worsen from tomorrow, hopes are fading among families that the bodies of their loved ones will even be found.
A father I talked to yesterday said he has given up hope for his daughter, and he just wants someone to find her body so she can be laid to rest.
There are now noticeably fewer families here at the Jindo gymnasium as more bodies are being discovered and identified.
The families are leaving to tend to their lost loved ones at Paengmok-hang Harbor and to the hospital.
Those remaining here are going back and forth from the gymnasium to the harbor about twice a day.
While the whole country is hopefully waiting for news of survivors, along with the families here, hundreds of volunteer workers came to the Jindo gymnasium to support the families and to encourage those who are desperately waiting for news on the ones they love.
This has been Hwang Ji-hye reporting live from the Jindo gymnasium.
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