Outlook grows grimmer for South Korean ferry search
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 01:24
April 26 - South Korean investigators are seeking arrests of the last four crewmen from sunken ferry that left more than 300 people dead or missing. Nathan Frandino reports.
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The four remaining crew members of the sunken South Korean ferry could soon be charged with abandoning passengers aboard a sinking ship.
They've been questioned and now investigators are seeking their arrests.
One unidentified crew member said he didn't know any details about the ferry.
(SOUNDBITE) (Korean) UNIDENTIFIED CREW MEMBER OF SUNKEN FERRY, SAYING:
"At that time, I didn't know how many students were on board for their school trip or how much cargo was loaded on the deck."
More than 300 people, most of them students and teachers from the same school, are dead or missing.
(SOUNDBITE) (Korean) UNIDENTIFIED CREW OF SUNKEN FERRY, SAYING:
"Anyhow, I feel bad for the families of the victims and people."
The ferry sank on April 16, prompting a massive search team of more than 100 divers.
Bad weather, strong tidal currents and poor visibility though are hampering their efforts.
(SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN COAST GUARD DIVER, KIM DONG-SOO, SAYING:
"The water is so murky that I cannot even see the needles on my watch in the water. So when we retrieve a body from the ship, we can just barely recognize that it's a human but no more than that."
On shore, with each passing day the outlook grows grimmer.
The confirmed death toll on Saturday was 187.
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