(8:40AM) Update: 8:35AM scene of Paengmok Harbour in Jindo, S.Korea. People are now waiting for their loved ones.
(9AM) Update: Official Sewol toll - 30 dead (+Danwon HS VP), 273 missing, 174 rescued
(10AM) Update: The US Navy is now joining the rescue effort.
72 hours have passed since the Sewol incident. Current water temperature is 12.8°C. Rescue efforts still in-progress but no reports of survivors.
Water current remains strong today and wind speeds are expected to increase .
The combined investigation unit will summon more than 10 Sewol crews today. Further assisting the investigation of Sewol ferry.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJTwO3k1aTY&feature=youtu.be
(10:15-11AM) [SERIOUS/CONCERNING/MAJOR] UPDATES: It’s being reported that there may be an oil leak from Sewol that could impair rescue efforts.
The ferry is continuing to sink. Currently, no problems regarding issue. Oil leaks confirmed. Working with urgency.
76 ships and 28 aircrafts are at the Sewol rescue. Rescue workers found 3 bodies within the ferry and tried to bring them out.
Coast Guard briefing: We use holes within ship for oxygen injection. No new punctures to ship are being made (new holes could affect pressure).
Coast Guard briefing: 3rd floor operations were unsuccessful due to strong currents under water
Coast Guard briefing: 652 divers to go inside of water more than 40 times today. We don’t have much time.
Yonhapnews TV reporter: “Still difficulties remaining on Sewol rescue effort”
Rescue operations have made the most progress in the last day with divers making it into the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors
Water current is, at present, difficult to handle, but expected to calm in the near future.
Gas from the ferry is now leaking at the rescue scene of Sewol. This could be the major problem for rescue efforts.
Right now: Coast guard briefing parents about search. Holding hands, crying, others yelling at coast guard (via Kyung Lah):
A new Yonhap photo shows how the Sewol Rescue effort is on-going:
"Korean ferry captain arrested now. He says he gave evacuation orders. Surviving passengers say he didn’t. HM.” (via connieleeTV):
(11AM-11:59AM) Updates: Scores of ambulances are lined up at the harbor in Jindo, South Korea.
Currently, there are 3 lift bags keeping the ferry from sinking more. Cranes will most likely be used later diving efforts.
Korea University Briefing: Large chance patients will fall into severe depression following incident
Korea University Briefing: Stabilizing mental conditions of patients is a top priority"I wish they had this priority for the 6 year old girl two days ago. Instead of using her as a photo prop." (via @josungkim)
-I wholeheartedly agree.
Korea University Briefing: There are 73 students here at the hospital and no teachers; That means almost all students are at that hospital.
Current suspicions as to why the Vice Principal was released from the hospital without shock treatment and counseling.
(12PM) Updates: South Korea Prime Minister apologized for the troubling number of unaccounted passengers in the Sewol disaster. He states, “We’ll fix the current system ASAP”.
Such madness! Education Minister, Seo Nam-soo, is eating instant cup noodle at the gymnasium Sewol ferry family members are camped at.
Families follow the research underwater on big screen (via @StephaneLagarde):
Disaster Headquarters: No visible damage to body of ship.
Disaster Headquarters: Top of the ship is now 10 meters under water.
Combined Investigation Unit : There is no evidence that the Sewol ferry crashed on rocks or other materials.
(1:30PM) [IMPORTANT/UPLIFTING] Updates: Joint Police Prosecutors: Captain said the accident happened when he left to go to his room. Said he was not intoxicated.
When questioned about the announcement telling passengers to stay inside, he said it was because at that time, rescue boats weren’t showing up.
He knew the water was very cold and they were in an area where the tidal currents were very fast.
Captain also on video among first to get off the rescue boats and onto land -Someone remove his tongue for the lies he is telling.
[!!] Oil slicks starting to affect rescue operations at site.
For those curious about food and blankets:
The cause of the sinking was due to a sharp turn when the 3rd mate was steering. Why the turn was made is unknown currently.
Joint Police: Third mate, who was steering, did not speak
All Ansan Citizens are wishing passengers of Sewol get well soon - a Parents union message at Korea Univ Ansan HOSP:
[…] Tears and Worries.. Many people here at Funeral Area are losing their hope.
"We wish missing Sewol passengers to come back shortly” a message from National Tax Service Ansan:
Wish all passengers to come back as miracle - a message of church which located nearby Ansan Danwon High school:
"We’ll pray, Please come back." post-it messages at Ansan Danwon High School: https://vine.co/v/M1wH0UgOFI7
"Welcome, Thank You" Danwon High School students are now welcoming visitors right now:
"Flowers are still beautiful. If you come back let’s go out and take a picture." message at Danwon:
I hope all these messages at Danwon turns to a ‘Miracle’:
Big applause to the volunteers here at Danwon High School: https://vine.co/v/M1wIbEqq2zz
Here at Danwon HS auditorium, people here are watching live stream of Jindo auditorium:
(3:40PM) Update: Gas from the Sewol ferry is spreading all around at the incident scene. It represents the difficulties of rescue:
The underwater operation scenes. Divers hold ropes with flashlights. It’s tougher for the divers to see underwater (via Jae Hee):
-Aside from the current oil spill, there seemed to be great chances of finding survivors due to condition of bodies found until now. Let us keep our fingers crossed for survivors being found soon.
(4:40-5:30PM) Update: SBS says that rescue efforts have been underway for the past hour
Total passenger count has gone back down to 475… let the frustration ensue…
-I will not comment on how frustrated this is making me.
South Korean journalist: “This is crazy [regarding number changes].”
-You’re preaching to the choir, buddy.
Wind speed is expected to decrease significantly in the next 40 minutes. Possible positive in light of all difficulties.
The Government is saying is that the passenger list is incomplete.
- H O W . ?!?!!?
SBS just announced the number change as well.
25 year-old third-mate of the Sewol, who was at the wheel of ship when it sank, was navigating those waters for first time.
Tonight, Coast Guard to shoot more than 790 light bombs to light up the Sewol rescue effort.
'An earnest prayer' A mother is waiting for her child to come back soon at Jindo:
Funeral of 24-year-old, Choi Hye-jung, Danwon High School homeroom teacher: http://youtu.be/MgKHpKLB_ko
The first underwater operation scene was filmed by civilian divers & family of the victims of Sewol, NOT by navy divers: http://youtu.be/wfCaq7CdUJk
An article that talks about how the accident happened earlier then what is being reported: http://newstapa.tistory.com/844 (Korean)
New death toll of Sewol: 32 (including Danwon HS VP), a woman’s body found a few minutes ago.
(6:30PM) Update: 33 people (including Danwon HS VP) now confirmed dead…. Absolutely heartbreaking. It’s now 6:45PM here in South Korea.
Officials reinstate 476 as total passenger count. YTN says to no longer post numbers until confirmed.
-I am done with you people and your numbers. I give up. Fine.
A crowd gathered at Cheonggye Plaza Seoul in memory of the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster (via @amnseoul):
Children hold banners calling for Park Geun-hye’s resignation & Out! Out! Incompetent government (via 안서연):
The entire country has been thrown into utter chaos due to the recent Sewol ferry incident & incompetent government:
People hold a rally at Cheonggye Plaza Seoul for the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster:
A mother of ferry victim got down on her knees and begged to the President for rescuing, but no change: http://is.gd/Yc4HVz
(5:30-6:30AM) Update: Sewol Toll: 174 rescued, 36 dead and 266 missing.
Crane operation needs to get a permission by family members of Sewol passengers. Rescue effort is still-on going to find 266 people.
Protesting against the fraudulent election & Sewol Ferry Disaster (via Jae Hee): http://thenewspro.org/?p=3216
Air could be limited at this point, shown by continual sinking of the ferry.
Analysts believe passengers most likely in 3rd, 4th and 5th floor.
3rd floor search was incomplete due to strong currents.
Those following Sewol this is a MUST WATCH. Parent: “Nothing’s being done. It seems they are just wasting time.”
Parent: “You have to know that what broadcast are showing isn’t close to the real picture”
Parent: “We pooled money the first day and rented a boat and there were barely any rescue operations happening.”
Parent: “They said that divers spend 15 minutes under water but after subtracting the in/out time, they really only spend 5 minutes.”
Parent: “What can they find in 5 minutes?”
They are predicting they had 72 hours of air to live. They also hope the oxygen injections help increase the air pockets.
Officials have registered DNA’s of 90% of unaccounted for.
Officials say rescuers broke the window on 4th floor and have retrieved the 3 bodies 40 minutes ago. Death count now at 36.
“Truly appreciate Sewol articles that show the country’s grief. I question journalists critiquing culture/tendencies at this very moment." - Joseph Kim
A sister of missing at gymnasium: “I just want to be reunited with her. I don’t care about anything else [regarding the governments effort].”
Family members are still showing their anger against South Korea GOV. Painful moments still remaining..
People are arriving for an Easter memorial service in Ansan, for the passengers on the Sewol ferry;
Church in Ansan is packed. Several thousand here;
Most people in church are crying as a teacher of missing pupils reads a letter to them;
Candles lit for Sewol passengers at special Easter service in Ansan (via Lucy Williamson):
Family members to go up to Seoul and are planning to meet the president at Cheongwadae (Presidential House) today. ‘Clash’ expected soon.
Search term ‘Cheongwadae(청와대)’ now ranked 2nd on Portal site Naver. It means eyes are on family members plan:
Outburst of anger by ferry family members. Confrontations between family members of Sewol ferry and the police:
6AM KST look of Sewol rescue scene. You can see the lift back shows the location of ferry(SBS):
(7:30-8:30AM) [IMPORTANT/BREAKING] Update: Parents who planned to go to Cheongwadae decided to go back to the Jindo auditorium (SBS report).
[!!!!] YONHAP BREAKING [!!!!]: Rescue workers found 10 more bodies at the Sewol incident scene.
Latest Sewol toll: 46 confirmed dead, 256 still missing, 174 rescued.
We do not know the current location of the 10 bodies right now. Death toll currently skyrocketed. Truly heartbreaking.
For those curious about the three bodies found last night, all 3 were male students. Keep them and their families in your thoughts.
Experts say there is a likely hood that air pockets have collapsed due to number of bodies in recent hours. But also says that’s worst case scenario.
(9AM-10:30AM) Updates: The last ten bodies found (8 males, 2 females) are still unconfirmed, but officials say they were found in cargo area.
Weather conditions have been announced to be impairing the rescue efforts (rain/wind), but the divers will focus on cafeteria/passenger rooms.
The inaccuracies reported until now. And it’s a wonder why parents are angry?:
49 families en route to Cheong Wae Dae (the presidential house) for call for urgency, have been stopped at the Jindo Bridge.
Police have been stopping parents since last night.
Death toll now up to 49. 253 still missing.
(10:30AM-12PM) Updates: 100 families are out in Jindo bridge, standing off against police who are blocking them from leaving the island.
They’re being blocked from leaving the area and even if they reach Seoul by bus, riot police are waiting at 고속터미널 gate.
No media outlets thus far are covering what is going on with the parents of the missing students. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC-3s94aBCU
Update: MBC has finally (12PM) reported some of it.
Death toll now 50.
[Ferry Disaster] Funeral takes place for sunken ferry victims: http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140420000154
[!!!!] IMPORTANT [!!!!]: Family members of Sewol passengers are demanding to meet South Korea president.
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(12-PM) Updates: A navy sergeant who served the Sewol rescue effort finally passed away because of a head injury.
[!!!!] MBC and other channels don’t report this scene, watered-down reporting:
Riot police are now stationed at Seoul Express Bus terminal to block Sewol family members path to Cheongwadae now.
-Things are not looking up right now, everyone, but let us keep strong faith.
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