Nightly News   |  April 20, 2014

Ferry Disaster Likely Won't Have Any More Survivors

Families grieve because the death toll is expected to raise sharply as officials lose hope that anyone else survived the ferry’s deadly capsize.

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>> reporter: lester?

>> jim maceda.

>>> there is word coming out of the awful ferry disaster. transcripts of communications on board reveal chaos and confusion among those in charge questioning whether to evacuate at all. and crew members were never made aware there was another civilian ship that said it would rescue anyone who went overboard. most people stayed below deck following the captain's initial orders. meantime tonight divers have for the first time found a way into the sunken ferry. recovering bodies. the death toll now stands at 59 with some 240 still missing. our report now from nbc's bill neeley in south korea .

>> reporter: you can hear the pain. as the death toll rises, the anguish deepens. one by one their children are being identified, their descriptions put on screen. height, hair, clothes. child 55, 56. both boys. my child was alive in the water. i had a text message, she screams. but most parents now accept their children are probably dead.

>> more people already gave up.

>> reporter: they gave up?

>> yeah.

>> reporter: some have had enough marching from the rescue center in protest. these relatives are already very angry at what they say are delays in the rescue operation , and they now have been stopped from marching by what looks like a pretty heavy handed police operation. there were scuffles as police blocked them. they wanted to confront korean officials looking for someone to blame for this disaster. please help us, she cries. someone help us. this woman lost her 17-year-old son. the boats are coming ashore more often now. nearly every body that of a 16 or 17-year-old. divers have now found five ways into the ship breaking windows. hundreds of them scouring the ship. so far only one in six of those trapped inside have been recovered. for the parents it is a long and painful wait watching the dock that's being prepared for the arrival of many more of their children. bill neeley, nbc news, jindo, korea.