Divers recover bodies in So. Korean ferry disaster

In this photo released by Jeollanamdo via Yonhap News Agency, South Korean rescue team boats and fishing boats try to rescue passengers of a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. (AP Photo/Jeollanamdo via Yonhap)
In this photo released by Jeollanamdo via Yonhap News Agency, South Korean rescue team boats and fishing boats try to rescue passengers of a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. (AP Photo/Jeollanamdo via Yonhap)

Divers finally have found a way into the ferry that sunk off South Korea’s southern shore and begun the grim task of recovering bodies.

They have yet to find anyone alive, but they are finding bodies, and the confirmed death toll has reached 58. About 240 people remain missing.

Meanwhile, a transcript of communications with the South Korean ferry details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after the ship began listing dangerously.

The crew asked whether passengers would be rescued right away, if they ordered an evacuation. The Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center replied that patrol boats would arrive in 10 minutes, but didn’t mention that another civilian ship said 10 minutes earlier that it would rescue anyone who went overboard.

Many people followed the captain’s initial order to stay below deck.

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