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South Korea Ferry Disaster: No Air Pockets Found on Doomed Ship

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Image: South Korean rescue workers operate around the area where capsized passenger ship Sewol sank during an rescue operation in Jindo
South Korean rescue workers operate around the area where capsized passenger ship Sewol sank during an rescue operation in Jindo April 23, 2014. South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry on Wednesday, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing. YONHAP via Reuters

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No pockets of air have been found on the sunken South Korean ferry, a government official told anguished family awaiting news of loved ones Wednesday.

Divers were also trying to access the rear of the ferry for the first time, police told relatives.

Most of the victims of the ferry Sewol, which capsized and sunk a week ago, are students of a high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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