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Hope rests on air pockets within capsized ferry

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Hope now rests... on whether isolated pockets of air within the capsized ferry will be able to support passengers still trapped inside. But time... is running out FAST... with the ship about to completely submerge. Hwang Ji-hye has the details. It didn't take much time for the over 6-thousand ton Sewol-ho ferry to list and roll over. Now only a tiny section of the ferry's hull remains out of the water... but that is... in fact,... offering hope to rescuers and families of the 271 missing passengers. Experts say part of the hull being above the water shows... that there are pockets of breathable air within the ship... that were trapped when the vessel capsized. "It's like putting a cup upside down in water. There could be air pockets within the ship as fortunately there's no damage to the ferry's hull." But the trouble is the cold water and getting rescuers to them. The poor weather conditions are keeping rescuers from reaching parts of the ship where air pockets could be sustaining survivors,... while water temperatures in the area stand at just 12 degrees Celsius. Experts say people that have fallen into water at that temperature can only survive for one to three hours. With the ship about to completely go under,... hopes of finding survivors are dimming. Only one meter of the ferry's hull was floating above the water line this morning. Korea's YTN reports, however,... that the rescue team inserted oxygen within the vessel this morning... in a bid to help support survivors for a longer period of time. Hwang Ji-hye, Arirang News.