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TODAY   |  April 24, 2014

Victims’ families visit site of South Korea tragedy

South Korean students returned to class at the school that many victims of the ferry disaster attended. Some families went to the site of the tragedy as recovery efforts continue. NBC chief global correspondent Bill Neely reports.

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>>> in the tragic ferry disaster, the story we've been following for several days now. tamron is here with those.

>> good morning everyone. the sad news continues. south korean students returned to class today at the school where so many of the victims of the ferry disaster attended. meantime, the grim recovery efforts continue. at least 170 bodies have been pulled from the water. more than 100 people are still missing. we'll go to jindo, south korea for the latest. bill, good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, tamron . day nine of the search. agony for the parents of the missing. some of them went to see the search for themselves today, taking a boat until they were directly over where their children are trapped. their pain and frustration was clear to all. more than 700 divers are now trying to free their children. one body recovered was that of a young, frightened boy, who was the first to ring 911 minutes before the cruise. prosecutors believe the ship was simply unsafe, the steering faulty, the cargo over loaded. they raided the office of the government's maritime safety agency today. and for those 16 and 17-year-olds who didn't take the vacation, didn't take the ferry, it was back to school today. so many empty classrooms and so many missing friends. very tough for them, tamron .

>> bill, it is hard to believe. thank you so much.