Death toll rises but no survivors found on sunken Korean ferryUpdated: 2014-04-24 10:48:40 KST
Though hope is fading that there may be any additional survivors in the frigid waters search-and-rescue operations continue as 1-hundred-39?? passengers, mostly teenagers, remain unaccounted for.
We go straight to our correspondents Hwang Sung-hee and Ji Myung-kil at Paengmok-hang harbor the nearest point of land to the accident.
Sung-hee, today is the ninth day of search efforts but only bodies are being recovered what's the latest?
As you mentioned 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 163.
Most of the bodies retrieved were students from Danwon High School.
The families of the missing camping out here are clinging to a very thin shred of hope but they are growing restless.
More and more families have been coming to the harbor lately with the rise in the death toll as they try to identify with their own eyes their children's bodies.
Many parents are gathered around a list that describes the retrieved bodies.. trying to match the descriptions with their own loved ones.
But rescue efforts continue as there are 1-hundred-39 people still missing.
The rescue team has been attempting to enter the center area of the fourth floor cabins since this morning but no word yet on whether that was a success.
This is where most of the Danwon High School students were staying in the ferry and is where many of the missing passengers are believed to be.
Most of the missing passengers are high school students.
Today's rescue operations will be conducted with the biggest rescue team yet with more than 700 rescue personnel, 261 rescue boats and 35 aircraft.
The rescue teams have been focusing their search on the third and fourth floors of the vessel, and so far, they said they have not found any air pockets.
This greatly reduces the chances of finding survivors in the sunken ship.
But there are still messages of hope and support here on site.
Behind us are yellow ribbons praying for the safe return of the missing passengers on the Sewol-ho ferry.
It's been over 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 as well.
The messages said "We love you all" and that "miracles will happen."
This has been Hwang Sung-hee and Ji Myung-kil reporting from Paengmok-hang Harbor.
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