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Sunken Korea ferry relatives give DNA swabs to help identify dead

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Reuters

DNA swabs are being taken from families of the missing in South Korea's ferry disaster.

The next step in the recovery stage, as hope fades that any of the more than 200 children still missing will be rescued alive.

More bodies were recovered later in the day by the coast guard, bringing the death toll to Wednesday's disaster to at least 32.

They were taken to a make shift morgue for families to identify.

Rescue divers say they're struggling against strong tides and murky waters.

(SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN CIVILIAN DIVER, HWANG JANG-BOK, SAYING:

"We need cranes. If they could raise the ferry a little, the depth of water will be reduced so that we can conduct rescue operations easily and quickly. It is 30-45 meters deep. It will be hard to take them out even if there are survivors in the ferry."

Those cranes have already arrived but authorities want to move with caution.

They don't want the salvage operation to harm survivors who may