Search crews have had trouble reaching the ferry, unable for days to enter the submerged ship because of strong currents, bad weather and low visibility. Oil could also be seen on the water’s surface, adding to the poor visibility. Over the weekend divers were able to use a new entryway through the dining hall, resulting in a jump in the discovery of corpses.
Relatives of the missing passengers continue to struggle with grief, waiting and waiting for news, overcome by the grim reality. On Jindo, relatives of the missing must search white signboards giving sparse details such as gender, height, hair length and clothing to see if their loved ones have been found.
No names are listed, just the slimmest of clues about mostly young lives now lost. Many favored hoodies and track pants. One girl painted her fingernails red and toenails black. Another had braces on her teeth.
"I'm afraid to even look at the white boards," said Lim Son-mi, 50, whose 16-year-old daughter, Park Hye-son, has not been found. "Because all the information is quite similar, whenever I look at it, my heart breaks."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.