Nightly News   |  April 26, 2014

Teen's Photos Offer Inside Look at Deadly Ferry Capsize

Parents fear their children’s bodies may never be recovered from the South Korean ferry wreckage as bad weather suspends search efforts.

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>>> ten days after that ferry sank off the coast of south korea , the search for more than 100 people still missing was suspended today because of bad weather . as new images emerge of the final moments before the ship went down. we get the latest tonight from nbc's bill neely .

>> reporter: just minutes before it sank, a teenager on the ferry took these photographs. the ship listing badly, students clinging on more than two dozen huddling together, most without life jackets . the ship is sinking he wrote. he is still missing. the search for him and more than 100 others is suspended. police boats tied up, rescuers withdrawn due to strong currents. the families fear their children will never be found. the weather here is set to deteriorate, and that will hamper the recovery of the bodies. much to the furry of the families, they say that operation is already far too slow. divers report seeing children clutching each other, 48 crammed together in one room. they just can't get them out. prosecutors say they were victims of negligence. life rafts on the ferry couldn't be freed as it sank. the steering was faulty, the cargo over weight and investigators found cargo restraints on the ferry's sister ship didn't work. bill has sailed and inspected ships for 50 years.

>> maintenance, particularly of safety operations was not a high priority with this vessel operator.

>> reporter: four more crew members have now been arrested, meaning all 15 crew responsible for navigating the ship are now in custody. the long wait goes on for so many families. they have cried their way to exhaustion, doctors say they are traumatized, and trapped, too. waiting for a search that for now is going nowhere. bill neely , nbc news, jindo, south korea .