VIDEO SHOT BY A SURVIVOR OF THE SOUTH KOREAN FERRY DISASTER SHOWS THE SCENE ON BOARD THE VESSEL. A PASSENGER CAN BE HEARD SAYING THAT THE STUDENTS DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE SINKING OF THE SHIP.
AND THEN OFFICIALS ON THE BOAT ANNOUNCE THAT QUOTE "IT IS SAFER IN THE PASSENGER QUARTERS."
MANY OF THOSE RESCUED HAVE CRITICIZED THE LOUD SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT, SAYING THAT MANY MORE PEOPLE COULD HAVE GOT OFF THE SHIP BEFORE IT SANK IF IT HADN'T BEEN MADE.
ACCORDING TO A CREW MEMBER, THE FIRST INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE CAPTAIN WERE FOR PASSENGERS TO PUT ON THEIR LIFE JACKETS AND STAY PUT, FOLLOWED BY EVACUATION ORDERS 30 MINUTES LATER.
RELATIVES OF THE MISSING PASSENGERS WAITED AT A GYMNASIUM FOR NEWS OF THEIR LOVED ONES, AMID GROWING FEARS THAT MORE THAN 280 MISSING PASSENGERS, MANY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, WERE DEAD.
THE FAMILY OF ONE OF THE VICTIMS VISITED THEIR SON'S BODY IN A MORGUE AND THEN WATCHED AS IT WAS DRIVEN AWAY.
SOUNDBITE (Korean) Huh Won, victim's grandfather:
"Now he is dead. This is something we shouldn't have experienced, something that shouldn't have happened."
RESCUERS HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO CARRY OUT SEARCH OPERATIONS BECAUSE OF STRONG CURRENTS AND POOR VISIBILITY.
SOUNDBITE (Korean) Kim Soo-hyun, regional coastguard chief:
"We have made efforts to extend the survival time by approaching the ship and trying to increase the amount of oxygen present inside. However, because of the various reasons I explained, approaching was difficult because of the strong current and low visibility. Because this, our task has not yet been accomplished."
THE CAUSE OF THE DISASTER IS STILL UNKNOWN, BUT COAST GUARD OFFICIALS WERE INTERVIEWING THE CAPTAIN AND CREW.