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unacceptable and unforgivable. south korea's president lashes out at the captain and crew on a ferry that overturned, leaving dozens dead and hundreds still missing. divers are back in that ship, a grim task as they hunt for survivors and victims. we are live. breaking overnight, an unprecedented operation against al qaeda in yemen, dozens of suspected terrorists killed at a training camp and elsewhere. we're live with the very latest this morning. eight missions done and still no sign of flight 370.
an unmanned sub is scanning the ocean floor again today, but is it even looking in the right place? as we find out more about the plane's trip off course. we are live in australia and malaysia tracking the search. good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm victor blackwell. it is good to be with you this monday morning. >> good morning. >> it is april 21st, 4:00 a.m. in the east. and we're beginning this morning with the search for more than 200 missing passengers from that south korean ferry disaster. the actions of the captain and crew described as akin to murder by south korea's president, with four more crew members arrested this morning. we're also getting new information about the chaos that unfolded in the moments before the vessel capsized and ultimately sank. let's get the latest from will ripley, live off the coast of jindo, south korea. akin to murder. strong words from the president, will. we're having problems with will's shot? all right, we'll try to get back to will ripley in just a moment. >> and we will. so, breaking overnight, a
massive, unprecedented operation targeting al qaeda in the peninsula is ongoing at this hour. at least 30 militants killed by air strikes, part of a joint u.s./yemeni offensive. let's get the latest from international correspondent mohammed jamjoom, joining us on the phone. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, alison. as you said, this is an unprecedented operation in yemen. this is taking place in a rugged part of yemen, it's very mountainous. it's the kind of place in that country where yemeni troops don't usually dare to venture because it is so dangerous and it is such a hub for al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, which is the most dangerous and threatening wing of the al qaeda organization in the entire world. this organization has been able to try to plot massive and spectacular attacks against not just the u.s., but also various parts of the middle east from their hideouts in yemen over the past several years. this operation now sees yemeni
commandos, according to my sources, on the ground in various parts of the provinces. we're also told that at least 30 militants have been killed in the raids that took place over the course of the past 24 hours. the last two days we've seen drone strikes happening in yemen as well as air strikes. these are joint u.s. and yemeni-led attacks against al qaeda. and my sources are telling me this is a response to a video that was released by aqap in the last week, showing a lot of aqap leadership meeting in this part of yemen. that video was seen as a real embarrassment to both the u.s. and the yemeni governments. and as far as counterterrorism efforts over the last few years and trying to vanquish the leadership of al qaeda. so, my sources tell me they wanted to really send a message, go in and strike hard at the core of al qaeda militants in yemen and show them they're going to do all they can to really put down that organization once and for all. alison? >> was this deliberate provocation by using this video
in the way they have? >> reporter: well, that's a very good question, because aqap has been a lot more silent this past year than it usually is as far as how provocative they are, as far as the types of attacks that they claim they will carry out. but it looks, at least by what i'm hearing from the yemeni government and the officials there, that they took this as a provocation and that they wanted to respond in a way that showed aqap that they were not afraid to go after them. but this is rare for yemeni commanders to be on the ground in this type of part of the country. yemen is a kind of a place where it's very easy for militants to get into, it has very porous borders. this aqap in yemen is very dangerous and they have a lot of hideouts. and the fact that the yemeni government is on the ground there is significant. i will say one more thing. over the course of sunday, it was very unclear at the beginning of the day what exactly what happening, how many attacks have been carried out, and if the operation was
ongoing. in fact there was a lot of skepticism from yemeni officials i was speaking with about if this was just a propaganda effort on behalf of the yemeni military. but throughout the course of the day, and especially over the course of the past few hours, we understand that it is a massive operation, that it is ongoing, and that the yemeni government and the u.s. government are really trying to make a point with these attacks. >> mohammed jamjoom, thanks so much. let's get back to will ripley in south korea on for the latest on the search for survivors from that capsized ferry. will, more arrests and very strong words from the south korean president. >> reporter: hey, victor, yeah. i'm sorry, my audio's cutting out a bit. we have a weak signal out here, but i believe you talked about those crew members who were arrested today along with the very strong language from president park here in south korea, where she essentially compared the actions of the crew and the captain who evacuated and got on lifeboats before many of the passengers did, as akin to murder. that sentiment is shared by many people here in south korea that
we've been speaking to. but right now, the real focus, in addition to seeking justice, which is a process that will take months and even years to come, the real action is out here on the water where i am. as we look over at this massive search operation where you have hundreds of volunteer divers who have been essentially working every hour that they can, going down into this ferry. there are five ways into the ferry, and we know that these volunteers have been going down using ropes that are guiding them through -- [ inaudible ] >> all right, some technical issues there, but will ripley reporting from the yellow sea near the scene of that capsized ferry. we'll get back to him later this morning. let's get the latest now on another search, the agonizing search for flight 370. overnight, the bluefin-21, that autonomous underwater vehicle, completed its eighth trip to below the ocean surface and has now started its ninth. still no sign of the missing jetliner, with two-thirds of the underwater search area now
covered. let's go to erin mclaughlin. she's live in perth, australia, this morning. erin, it seems as if this portion of this search is wrapping up and still no answers, day 45. >> reporter: that's right, victor, and weather could be a factor in the search over the coming days as well. we're hearing of a tropical cyclone named jack striking to the northwest of where they're searching for debris, and that could, of course, complicate those efforts. very difficult to spot debris as it is. australian officials saying that it's unlikely that they'll find any sort of debris at this point. so, the fact that this cyclone, which is not making a direct impact on the search area but could cause more waves and more swells, could make it even more difficult, but for right noxsion the focus of this search effort very much on the work of the bluefin-21, currently on its ninth mission as of this morning. it's traversed about two-thirds
of this very narrow search area with no signs of the plane so far. and this is a really critical area, because this is the place where australian authorities believe is the most likely location that they're going to find the black box, based on the very limited information that they have. what they're doing is they've really focused in on the second ping that was detected on april 8th, and it lasted for around 13 minutes. it was the strongest of the four signals picked up by that towed pinger locator. so, what they're doing is searching in a 10-kilometer, or 6-mile radius around that point. they've got another third to go, but australian officials saying that they expect that portion of the search to be wrapped up in the coming days, provided that the weather holds and the bluefin-21 operates as it should. still no signs of the missing plane. authorities will have to stop and assess what to do next. victor? >> nothing on the surface, nothing below the surface found just yet. all right, erin mclaughlin in perth, thank you. >> it really is a frustrating search as this investigation continues into the disappearance
of flight 370. aviation sources in malaysia are giving cnn a more detailed analysis of the final flight path taken by the missing jetliner. we're also confirming the plane was equipped with four emergency locator transmitters designed to send a signal to a satellite in the event of a crash or contact with water. now, no one can explain why those elts apparently failed to activate. tamina udas is live from kuala lumpur this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, alison. we're getting information in bits and pieces, but what we know right now is this particular plane had four ltss in this plane, one in the rear door, in the front door, in the cockpit and the fuselage. so, really, one of those should have gone off, but they didn't, and a lot of people here are asking why. this question was posed to authorities here as well just a few days ago, and they said that
they simply don't have the answer to that. and i should also mention that it's not unusual for these elts not to go off. in fact, there's been crashes in the past where they haven't actually worked. the other information we're getting from a source is that right after that plane made the famous left turn, it actually climbed to about 39,000 feet, which is just a little bit below that 41,000-feet maximum for a boeing 777, and then it descended. now, why it did that, again, like so many other aspects of this story, still a complete mystery. alison. >> smeummina udas, thank you. this morning there is supposed to be a truce in ukraine, but to the contrary, it could actually be close to a tipping point after a deadly shoot-out. we're live with the latest next.
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welcome back to "early start." vice president joe biden is on his way to kiev at this hour. he's scheduled to hold talks with ukraine's acting president and prime minister. now, tensions are running very high in that region after a deadly shoot-out sunday in eastern ukraine shattered an easter truce and renewed fears of a full-scale russian invasion. phil black joins us live from donetsk, ukraine, this morning. and phil, it seems as if even after the geneva pact and then the decision two days later to try to renew that, there still has been this instability. >> reporter: indeed, victor, no change on the ground here. what we saw at the weekend took place at the town of slovyansk. this is a town that is very much under the control of pro-russian forces, and they say it was the middle of the night when one of their checkpoints on the outskirts of the town came under attack. they say four cars approached, people got out, opened fire. those at the checkpoint were able to fight back to some
degree. they called for reinforcements, and they say in the shoot-out, ultimately six people were killed, three on each side, and the attackers fled after two of their cars were destroyed. the pro-russian people in the town say this attack was carried out by a ukrainian nationalist group known as right sector, and the russian government supports their claim. right sector says it had knock nothing to do with this, they weren't in the area. and indeed, ukrainian government security services say pro-russian forces staged this attack reported lay as a propaganda stunt. so, whatever happened, the implications are potentially quite significant, because already across this region, where pro-russian forces are in control of towns and infrastructure, those with weapons say they're not going to give up their guns now, which was a key part of that agreement struck in geneva last week, because they say they don't feel safe. and more than that, the mayor of slovyansk is pleading with the russian president, vladimir putin, to send in what he says would be peacekeepers, russian soldiers to come and protect
them, and if they can't do that, then at least send weapons and humanitarian support. so, from one murky incident comes the potential to further escalate this ongoing crisis, victor. >> all right. phil black reporting for us in donetsk, ukraine. thank you. happening today in boston, 36,000 runners will take to a familiar course one year after terror tomorrre apart the finis line at the boston marathon. some are elite athletes who run for a living, but others are there to support those hurt in the bombing. security will be tight, no signs or banners allowed, no backpacks either. marathon officials insist it will be the safest place on the planet. >> i have no reservations at all. i'm not concerned about my personal safety. the only reservation is the same reservation i have every time i stand at the starting line of a marathon, and that's, wow, 26.2 miles is a long way. i hope i can finish. >> and coming up in our next hour, we're going to go live to the marathon's starting line.
john berman is there with a family's very personal story of the race. that's next hour here on "early start." breaking overnight, an almost unbelievable story. listen to this. a 16-year-old boy is recovering this morning after apparently stowing away in the wheel well of a hawaiian airlines flight. he made it all the way from california to maui. now, again, it's unbelievable to some. some people doubt his story. they say it would be difficult, if not impossible, to survive with the lack of oxygen and frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet. but surveillance footage shows him jumping a fence at san jose and crawling out of the landing gear in maui. >> amazing. nashville and country music fans are mourning the death of kevin sharp, a country singer who topped the charts after surviving cancer as a teenager. it's a diagnosis that led to him meeting award-winning producer david foster and the start of his singing career. sharp's biggest hits were on his first album, "measure of a man," including the number one song
"nobody knows." sharp went on to become a spokesman for the make-a-wish foundation. he was 43 years old. >> fans and supporters are also remembering this morning hurricane carter, grooving hurricane carter. most people know him as hurricane. the boxer who spent 19 years in prison for three murders he did not commit. carter was a contender for the middleweight title when he was convicted in 1967, a case that drew international attention and a bob dylan song. his convictions were eventually thrown out back in 1985. and in recent years, carter lived in canada, where he died of prostate cancer. rubin carter was 76. happening today in washington, singer chris brown expected back in court, awaiting trial on assault charges. the case was supposed to begin last week, but the judge delayed proceedings as she considers a verdict in an assault case against brown's bodyguard. both brown and the bodyguard are accused of hitting a man who tried to photograph the singer outside a washington, d.c., hotel last october.
we've got a major recall to tell you about this morning. kraft foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of hot dogs because of incorrect packaging. now, the labels say oscar mayer classic wieners, but inside, actually, the dogs are made with cheese. now, there are concerns that the milk in the cheese that could cause an allergic reaction, and consumers are urged to call kraft if they have questions. of course, there's also the question for those who practice kosher dining, the milk with the meat. they have no idea that that's in there. so, make sure you contact the store. all right, let's get a look at the monday morning forecast. chad myers is here. good morning to you. >> hey, good morning. a lot to cover today, so let's get to it. a great day for the marathon in boston. 1,000 flights in the sky. if you're flying today, great flying weather. maybe only one or two delays out of dallas and maybe chicago, but other than that, we are in good shape. high pressure flying out of the east coast. it will rain, though, tuesday into wednesday night. that's the next front that comes by the northeast coast, and so,
for boston, you're in great shape for today. doesn't get a lot better, sunshine everywhere for you. the only potential chance for severe weather is across texarkana, down into dallas, texas, today. and if you're flying through that middle part of the country, could be bumpy later on this afternoon. so, let's get to it. spring may be finally getting here. 72 in d.c., 65 in new york city today. and here's your boston forecast. if you're going to be running, 9:00 a.m., some of you starting, 48. by the time a lot of you would be done, around 3:00. by midnight when i would be done, it will be down around 60. so it will be a long day for some. jack, a tropical system that may be affecting the search out here near australia. but the underwater search is about right there, so jack not affecting that. guys, back to you. >> good boston stroll when chad myers does it. >> i'd be strolling along with you, don't worry. >> me, too. thanks, chad. the mile high city is marking a holiday, and it's all about marijuana. mile high indeed. we'll take you to denver, next.
this morning, denver is cleaning up after thousands gathered to celebrate marijuana. it was the first time for activists and users. they had gathered to mark 420 day, since recreational pot use became legal in colorado, but few seemed to realize it's still illegal to light up in public. police cited dozens of people for doing just that. cnn's anna cabrera was there to witness it all.
>> reporter: tens of thousands of people have come here to denver, colorado, what many consider to be the cannabis capital of the country. it's the 420 rally, where people are celebrating the legalization of recreational use and sale of marijuana here in colorado, also here to call for the end of prohibition of marijuana nationwide. we know that 55% of americans now support some form of legal marijuana, according to our latest cnn/orc poll, with 20 states now legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, to help ease pain, to treat cancer patients, even to help with epilepsy. it's also big business. we've been talking to folks here who own cannabis companies, a lot of vendors who have come to what people are calling a marijuana festival, to sell some of their products, such as their pipes, some of the vaporizer pens. technically, marijuana is still illegal to consume in public here in colorado. so, again, they're trying to
educate people about the many different types of cannabis that is now on the market here. we spoke with one woman who actually came here with her 5-year-old son today, talking about how marijuana should be more mainstream and calling this rally a sign of progress and freedom. ana cabrera, cnn, denver. >> all right, ana cabrera, thank you very much. we'll have all of your top stories, including the latest on the search for survivors in that south korean ferry accident. also, a major offensive against al qaeda in yemen. stay with us. that's after the break.
shock, sorrow and anger, as divers search a ferry for survivors of south korea's ferry accident there. the president lashes out at the captain and crew. she says what they did was unacceptable, unforgivable and akin to murder. we're live with the latest. breaking overnight, dozens of suspected terrorists killed in yemen as the government there goes after al qaeda. drones are in the air, commandos are on the ground. we are live with the late-breaking details. back in the water, an unmanned sub is scanning the indian ocean again today for any debris from flight 370, but so far, no sign of the jet, as many ask, are they even looking in the right place? we're live with the latest on the search and the new details cnn has learned about the investigation. welcome back to "early start." i'm victor blackwell. >> and i'm alison kosik. it is half past the hour. unacceptable and unforgi unforgivable, harsh words from the president of south korea, describing the actions of the
captain and crew from that tragic ferry disaster. she goes on to call their behavior akin to murder, as south korea officials announce the arrest of four more crew members this morning. we're also getting new information this morning about the chaos that unfolded in the moments before the vessel capsized. let's get the latest from will ripley, live off the coast of jindo, south korea. good morning to you. >> reporter: alison, good morning. the search continues here in force, and you can see there's a number of ships, number of aircraft behind us right now, but the real action is happening under water. that's where hundreds of volunteer divers have been working tirelessly, diving down into the ferry and also the area around the ferry, searching for victims and also searching for survivors. i spoke with the head of the volunteer divers today, and he says, as unlikely as the odds may be, as we are now six days into this search, he believes in his heart that there is a chance that someone could still be alive inside the sunken ferry, and he says they're going to do whatever they can to try to find
those people, to try to find any air pockets. but with each hour passing, hope is fading, alison, because sadly now, since the day of the disaster, all that the divers have been able to recover are bodies. and we know that today the divers were trying to get into the third-floor cafeteria. that's the part of the ferry where we believe many of the students were at the time that the water started rushing in. we haven't gotten an update in several hours, so we don't know if divers have reached the cafeteria or what exactly they're finding there, but if other previous instances are any indication, and there were a number of students in that particular gathering space, what they find, alison, could be a very terrible sight, indeed. >> are families still holding vigil there? >> reporter: they are. they are. they're gathering at the shore. we saw -- today we saw a monk who was offering prayers and song, facing out into the ocean in the direction of where the ferry went down. there are also along the shore,
there are people who have placed offerings. as part of the buddhist religion, they place offerings for the gods, offerings for support, for love, for strength for the people who were on the ferry and also their families. and i have to tell you, it's been raw emotion, so many tears. i saw a mother walking out of the tent earlier today where the bodies were being identified, and she was making a wailing noise, the kind of noise that only a parent would make after losing a child. it was very difficult for all of us to listen to. so, you can only imagine the anguish that these families are going through. >> all right, obviously, devastating. will ripley off the coast of jindo, south korea. thanks. breaking overnight, deadly air strikes targeting al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. they're described by yemeni officials as massive and unprecedented. the operation ongoing right now. at least 30 militants have been killed by the joint u.s./yemeni offensive. now, let's get the latest from international correspondent mohammed jamjoom. he is in washington.
mohammed, good morning. and what's the latest here? >> reporter: good morning, victor. well, to give an example of just how significant an operation this is, this offensive is taking place in a part of yemen that the military would usually not dare to enter, because it is such a hot bed of militants. there are so many al qaeda battalions there. this is a part of yemen called abian, and we learned of a massive operation going on there, a joint u.s./yemeni-led operation. at this point, we know at least 30 aqap militants have been killed in this operation. we also understand that there are yemeni commandos on the ground there going after high-value targets. still a lot of questions about who exactly has been killed, and has anybody from the top tier of leadership of aqap, which is the most dangerous wing of the al qaeda network in the entire world, which is based in yemen, how many high-value targets or
top-tier leadership of that organization may have been hit or are still being gone after. this is the kind of operation you would never have expected the yemeni government to really have undertaken. yemen has a weak central government. they have been dealing with a resurgent al qaeda for many years. that's why they get so much help from the u.s. what we know is that the yemeni government was quite embarrassed by a videotape that was released last week that showed leadership from al qaeda there in yemen meeting in this province. and because of that, because it was such an embarrassment to the efforts of the u.s. and the yemenis, they wanted to show a massive show of force. they have done so. the operation is ongoing. still a lot of questions as to how much longer it will be going on or how many more militants may be killed or captured, but as of this stage, my source is telling me they're very happy with what's happened so far. >> mohammed, that characterization of the air strikes as massive and unprecedented, that comes from a yemeni government source, but there's also another official who is concerned about that characterization, says that
maybe it's propaganda from the yemeni military hoping to convince yemenis that the u.s. and yemen have turned the corner. is that an isolated concern or is this concern of propaganda more prevalent? >> reporter: that is not an i isolated concern and it's a very good question. in fact, when details were first emerging about this operation yesterday, most of the officials that i was speaking with in yemen were quite concerned. they said, look, the details are murky. they said it's not above the yemeni government to put out statements that makes it sound like top-tier al qaeda leadership may have been captured or killed or that this operation is bigger than it initially sounds. but as, of course, the day wore on, it became clear that the operation was the biggest one that they have launched yet in yemen, that they were trying to make a point with the u.s. government that al qaeda shouldn't be so brazen in how they release these tapes, and as far as how comfortable they feel there in yemen, but it's going to take a lot of work for the yemeni military to really accomplish something here, because yemen is a country that
is a hub for militancy, it has very porous borders. the aqap network is very well established there and they have many hideouts. and frankly, after years of drone strikes and other strikes against that network, that network is, according to many analysts, as strong as it's ever been and continuing to recruit people there. victor? >> all right, international correspondent mohammed jamjoom reporting from washington. mohammed, thank you. still no sign of flight 370. overnight, bluefin-21, the autonomous underwater vehicle, completed its eighth trip below the ocean surface and has now re-entered the water for its ninth dive. two-thirds of the underwater search area has now been covered without a trace of the missing plane. let's get right to erin mclaughlin. she's in perth, australia, this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, alison. as you said, that ninth dive currently under way, that according to australian officials just about an hour ago. this is a really critical time in this search, because they are searching the area they believe
is the most likely place that they will find the black box based on the very limited information they have. namely, they're really focusing in on the second ping that was detected on april 8th, a ping that lasted some 13 minutes. it was the strongest of the four signals picked up by the american-operated towed pinger locator. and what they're doing right now is searching a 6-mile radius around the point of that detection. and as you've said, they're two-thirds of the way through so far, and australian officials saying it will take another few days or so to complete that search. if at that point, still no signs of the plane, authorities in malaysia and australia saying they're really going to have to sit down and assess what they're going to do next. on the table, possibly broadening out the search area along that arc that the half handshake that occurred between the inmarsat satellite and the plane. there's also been talk of exploring, introducing more submersibles into the mix as
well, but we're really going to have to see. time will tell. and people here waiting, hoping, even praying that some signs of this plane will be found. alison? >> erin, is there this expectation that that sort of plan "b," that next search area is really going to have to happen at this point because nothing seems to be coming up in the current one? >> reporter: well, i think it's really important right now, officials focusing on exhausting this current area, which again, they believe is the most likely place that they'll find the black box. it's really important to them that they either be able to rule it in or rule it out of the search. if they do rule it out, of course, they're going to say possibly broadening out that search area. they're certainly at this point saying they are not going to give up, alison. >> okay. erin mclaughlin live in perth, australia. thanks. >> so, that's the latest on the search. there is some potential progress on the investigation front. aviation sources in malaysia are telling cnn more detailed information and giving more detailed analysis of the final
flight path taken by the missing jetliner, now also confirming the plane was equipped with four emergency locator transmitters designed to send an emergency signal to a satellite in the event of a crash. now, no one can explain why they apparently did not activate. sumnima udas is in kuala lumpur, joining us on the phone. sumnima, what is the impact of this information? >> reporter: officials have basically determined that this plane had four emergency transmitter locators, one in the front door, the rear door, in the fuselage and in the cockpit. so, practically, one of those four should have gone off. and authorities say they simply don't know why it didn't. but i should mention, it is not unusual for these elts not to go off. there have been past plane crashes where they haven't worked, but it's a question that families in particular keep asking authorities, because many of them, of course, still
believe the plane was hijacked and did not crash into the ocean, which is why, perhaps, those elts didn't go off. also, some update on the flight path. a source tells cnn, right after mh-370 made that left turn, while they were still inside vietnamese air space, it actually climbed to 39,000 feet, just short of that 41,000-feet maximum operating limit, and it maintained that altitude for about 20 minutes over the malaysian peninsula just before it began to descend. now, again, why did that, like so many other questions of the story, is still a complete mystery, but what it does tell us is that perhaps someone was steering that plane. victor? >> still no definite answer on why. sumnima udas, thank you for reporting there from kuala lumpur. this morning, vice president biden is on his way to ukraine amid new worries that a fragile truce there could be falling apart. we're live with the latest next. [ male announcer ] this is joe woods' first day of work.
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welcome back to "early start." vice president biden is headed to kiev this hour. he's scheduled to meet today with ukraine's acting president and prime minister. tensions running very high in the region this morning after a deadly shoot-out sunday in eastern ukraine shattered an easter truce. phil black joining us live now from donetsk, ukraine, this morning. phil, what is the vice president hoping to accomplish in this trip? >> reporter: well, it's all about consolidating the control of the government in kiev, backing its authority, and then ultimately, trying to put an end to the uprisings, which we've seen here across the east of the region. and as you say, there was a significant escalation, in a sense, here over the weekend in the form of what pro-russian forces say was a bold attack on one of their checkpoints outside a town, slovyansk, which they control. they say that some cars drove up in the middle of the night, people got out and opened fire. and in the shoot-out that
followed, six people were killed, three on each side. they say the attackers fled after two of their cars were destroyed. now, the pro-russian groups here blame a ukrainian ultranationalist group known as right sector, for this attack. the russian government has publicly backed that view. right sector itself has denied any and all involvement, and the ukrainian secret service here has said that, really, they believe the pro-russian groups were responsible for staging this as some sort of propaganda event. now, whatever happened, the implications are pretty significant, because the people in these pro-russian controlled towns are now saying they're not going to give up their weapons, which was a key part of the international agreement struck last week to end this. and more than that, you have people now here in these pro-russian towns calling for the russians to send in soldiers to protect them. so, whether or not this was a bold attack, or if it was some sort of propaganda stunt, either way, it was a very clear attempt to escalate the tension here on the ground, alison.
>> okay, phil black reporting live from donetsk, ukraine. thanks. happening now, divers are working in the waters off south korea, desperately trying to find survivors from that deadly ferry accident. more than 200 people are still missing. we'll take you there and tell you what those divers are experiencing, next. your education is built to help move your career forward. here's how: we work with leading employers to learn what you need to learn so classes impact your career. while helping ensure credits you've already earned pay off. and we have career planning tools to keep you on track every step of the way. plus the freshman fifteen, isn't really a thing here. and graduation, it's just the beginning. because we build education around where you want to go. so, you know, you can get the job you want. ready, let's get to work.
this morning, the death toll is rising again in that deadly ferry accident off the coast of south korea. divers have now found 64 bodies, many of them high school students trapped when the ferry overturned, but more than 200 people are still missing. a transcript of radio communication from the bridge to shore shows confusion from the crew and suggests the passengers could not reach lifeboats because the ship tilted too quickly. south korea's president, she now calls what the captain and crew did akin to murder, as officials
announce the arrest of four more crew members. and as divers continue their grim task, former navy sub officer david jordan tells cnn's brianna keilar that searching for survivors and victims is physically demanding, and really, mentally exhausting. >> there are physiological limits to how long they can stay under water, and they're racing against the clock as they're trying to maneuver their way through these dark corridors. and of course, the vessel is not upright, so everything is inverted or at some funny angle. it's impossible to see. if you see anything, it may be in an unfamiliar orientation. so, the divers are incredible people who have to deal with really quite a large combination of factors. and in the end, they're hoping to find really kind of a gruesome result. there's a story, actually, just back in december of a nigerian
cook who was found after two days under water in a capsized vessel, and the divers were in a similar situation, searching for bodies and were incredibly surprised to come across a live person, but that was only two days, and that was quite remarkable. even at these relatively shallow depths, about 100 feet, in the cold water, it's a very difficult condition to survive in for more than a short period of time. so, it's pretty unlikely, and i think the divers' job, as has been described, is really quite a sad job. >> and we will continue to bring you the latest on the search off the coast of south korea all morning long. but first, marathon day in boston, a year after bombs shattered the finish line. what's being done today to keep the race safe, next.
to be boston strong, with racers saying they're doing it in honor of those who no longer can run because they were hurt when the bombs went off last year. marathon organizers say the route will be the safest place on the planet this year. no signs or banners allowed, no backpacks either. runners are not worried. >> i have no reservations at all. i'm not concerned about my personal safety. the only reservation is the same reservation i have every time i stand at the starting line of a marathon, and that's, wow, 26.2 miles is a long way. i hope i can finish. >> and coming up in just a few minutes, we'll go live to the marathon's starting line. john berman is there with a family's very personal story of the race. that's right here on "early start." breaking overnight, a major security breach at a california airport. a 16-year-old boy apparently stowed away in the wheel well of a hawaiian airlines flight. he flew all the way to maui at 38,000 feet. that has some doubting his
story. after all, there is very little oxygen at that altitude, and the air is almost frozen. but officials say they have surveillance video showing the teen jumping a fence at san jose's airport and crawling away from the plane in maui. no clear winner yet in afghanistan's presidential election, with about half of the ballots counted. former foreign minister abdullah abdullah is in the lead, but he needs to reach 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff, growing more likely with other candidates getting 30%-plus. final results are expected to be announced thursday. nepal is warning it could cut off expeditions to the top of mt. everest for the rest of the year after an avalanche killed at least 13 sherpa guides on the mountain. three others are still missing. many of those guides say the work is too dangerous for the small amount they're paid and they're threatening a strike. an american adventurer, jobi ogwin has now canceled his wing suit jump on the mountain slated
for next month. officials in wyoming say a landslide threatening the town of jackson is slowing down again, but is still threatening to bury homes and businesses in that resort town. the landslide has already destroyed one home. it's advancing at about an inch a day. still, they say it's unlikely the hillside will suddenly give way, like in washington state, which left 39 dead. "early start" continues right "early start" continues right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com unacceptable and unforgivable. south korea's president lashes out at the captain and crew on a ferry that overturned, leaving dozens dead, hundreds still missing. this morning, divers are back in that ship, a grim task as they hunt for survivors and victims. we are live. breaking overnight, an unprecedented operation against al qaeda in yemen. dozens of suspected terrorists killed at a training camp and elsewhere. we are live with the very latest. and one year later, boston
hits the road. a marathon marked with tragedy in 2013 is filled with hope today and filled with very tight security. >> good morning, and welcome to "early start." i'm victor blackwell. >> and i'm alison kosik. >> and i'm john berman. i'm live in hop kinton, massachusetts, and at the starting line of the boston marathon, where just in a few hours right now, this race will kick off. it is monday, april 21st, 5:00 a.m. in the east. and as i said, this is the spot where just a few hours from now thousands and thousands of runners will hear the starting gun. it's just right back there. some 36,000 runners will pack this very small town and take to the 26.2-mile course, this a year after terror marked the end of the race, but this year, very, very different, feelings of joy, anticipation for so many people. and i'll have the story of one family of survivors coming up. but t,