Rescue divers pulled another 63 bodies from the wreck of the ferry Sewol on Tuesday as search operations continued late into the night, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths to 150. But hope for about 160 passengers who remain missing have long faded since the ferry sank last week.
By Thursday, when the currents begin to pick up speed again, the number of confirmed deaths will probably exceed the number of missing.
A coast guard spokesman said search operations progressed on the third-level lounge, where many of the teenagers from Danwon High School had remained, as well as cabins on the fourth level.
Fewer families of remain camped out at a gymnasium on Jindo as more bodies are identified and returned to their hometowns. The morgue at Mokpo Hankook Hospital is full to capacity.