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Death toll surpasses 100 as Sewol search speeds up

Lifted From The Korean Herald written by By Choi He-suk

VOCABULARY BANK: 1. Soar/ Soared/ Soaring/ will Soar (verb) - To rise, fly, or glide high and with little apparent effort. 2. Currents (noun) - the steady flow of surface ocean water in a prevailing direction.
3. Wreckage (noun) - the remains of something that has been badly damaged or destroyed. 4. Neap Tide ( Noun) - a tide just after the first or third quarters of the moon when there is the least difference between high and low water. Image: 5. Delved/ Delve/ Delving (verb)

- to search for information about something - to reach into a bag, container, etc., in order to find something

The death toll from the ferry accident off the countrys southern coast soared to over 100 Tuesday as rescue workers capitalized on the slowing currents. The search mission resumed early Tuesday, and divers brought in 21 bodies from the wreckage pushing the death toll to 108 and the number of those unaccounted for to 194 as of 4 p.m. Of the 476 who were on board when the Sewol sank 20 kilometers off the coast of Jindo Island on Wednesday, 325 were students of Danwon High School in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province. Of them, 75 have been rescued. The authorities have been speeding up search operations in time with the neap tide, when the difference between high and low tides is the least. The neap tide is expected to last until

Thursday. While the neap tide lasts, the authorities plan to deploy divers around the clock. The search efforts are being concentrated on the third and fourth decks, where the majority of the missing people are considered to have been at the time of the accident. The rescue workers suspect that a large number of passengers would have gathered in the dining hall on the third deck as the accident occurred during breakfast time. Along with the search inside the vessel, a large number of ships and aircraft are continuing to look for those who may have floated to the surface. As divers continue their search for the missing, authorities were delving deeper into what happened aboard the ship in the run up to the fatal incident. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries now suspects that the vessel suffered a power outage for about 36 seconds at about 8:48 a.m. as the ships automatic identification system has no data regarding that period. Less than a minute after the AIS resumed compiling data, the ship took a 45-degree turn. The ministry suspects that the event that caused the Sewol to lose balance took place as it took the sharp turn. More accounts claiming that the Sewol was experiencing malfunctions for some time have also emerged. A number of former Sewol crew members have told local media that the Sewol had balancing problems, and the crew reported a problem with the ships steering system two weeks before the accident. The investigation into the cause has also turned up more controversial accounts from the embattled crew. All 15 of the ships crew directly involved in operating the vessel, including captain Lee Joon-seok, have been rescued. According to investigators, crew members have said the captains evacuation order was not relayed and that the passengers were not told to abandon ship before the crew escaped. In addition, an engineer told the investigators that the rescued crew used passages accessible only to the staff.

As the controversy expands, some families of the missing passengers have also decided to have autopsies conducted in an attempt to determine the exact cause of death and take legal action if necessary. As (some) of the deceased do not appear to have simply drowned, a need to determine the exact cause of death has risen, representatives of the families said. Autopsies will be conducted to determine whether rescue was possible. The autopsies will be conducted at the hospitals the bodies are sent to, and the families will be able to name doctors or pathologists to sit in.

Useful Phrases from the Article: 1. Pushing the death toll to 108
Pushing the _____ to means to increase a certain range to a maximum number. 2. Unaccounted for Means:

- -Missing - If something is unaccounted for, you are unable to explain what happened to it or
where it is

3.Around the clock - For 24 Hours Questions: 1. What is your opinion about the incident? What measures should the people have done during this kind of accident? 2. What should the Korean Government do to alleviate this tragedy? 3. Do you think that the captain of the ship is the one who is to be blamed for this incident? Why? 4. The National Education Department Banned School field trips for the first semester of this year 2014 due to the Sewol Incident. Do you think it is a right decision? Why? What are your suggestions?

5. After reading this article, Will you permit your children or Child to go on a field trip someday? Why?