South Korean Ferry Disaster: The Calls for Help

Chilling radio calls of panic as ferry went down and confusion over evacuation orders.
2:23 | 04/20/14

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We begin with the new distress call, the tapes as the ferry was going down. We're hearing them for the first time just as divers are now finally reaching many of the victims trapped inside the ferry. At the high school where most of the passengers were students, a memorial for the missing and dead. A funeral for one of their teachers who was on the ferry. So many more to come. A community paralyzed by grief. ABC's Glor Ra rif area Ya -- Gloria Riviera with more. How did so much time pass? Reporter: New details from the frantic call for help. At 9:07am the vts, the Korean center that monitors ship traffic, asks the sewol, "Are you capsizing?" The ferry replies, "Yes." 9:14 A.M. The sweol warns that it is leaning too far and evacuation is impossible. By 9:23 A.M., officials on land tell ship's officers to "Get out of there, at least give them a life ring, a life preserver, and send them to the water quickly. It wasn't until 9:30 that the ship's captain gives the order to evacuate. By 9:37, communication was lost. The U.S. Navy is aiding the effort. These images showing a massive crane that could help raise the ship, making it easier to retrieve bodies. The total number of bodies recovered is now at least 58. At the gym, a grim board. This is the wall that gives information about bodies that have been discovered but not I.d.'d. You have male or female, height, hair style. The families are coming by here to figure out if this is one of their loved ones. Jeon Chun joonbo lost his daughter, a dancer. "We want to find the body," he told us, "Before we can't recognize her." South Korea is mourning with him, regional festivals cancelled, television no longer broadcasting entertainment programming. And many grappling with a sense of shame, as they struggle to understand. David, those images so hard to see. There will be more as so many in this country search for peace in this senseless tragedy. David? Gloria, thank you.

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