A diver enters the water at the site of the submerged 'Sewol' ferry off the coast of Jindo on April 21, 2014.
Transcript reveals ferry tragedy details
00:42 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

The following is a partial transcript of communication between an unidentified crew member aboard the sinking South Korean ferry Sewol and local maritime traffic control centers on Wednesday.

The discussion lasts more than 30 minutes. For the first 11 minutes the Sewol communicates with the Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center. After that, the ship communicates with the Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center. There are references to other nearby ships, which are redacted.

The transcript, translated by CNN, was provided by the South Korean government. Due to static, CNN could not hear parts of the audio recording to corroborate the transcript.

8:55 a.m.

South Korean ferry rescue operation

Sewol: Harbor affairs Jeju, do you have reception of Sewol?

Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center: Yes, Sewol, this is Harbor Affairs Jeju.

Sewol: Please notify the coast guard. Our ship is in danger. The ship is rolling right now.

8:56 a.m.

Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center: Where is your ship? Yes, OK. We will notify the coast guard.

Sewol: The ship rolled over a lot right now. Cannot move. Please come quickly. We’re next to Byeongpung Island.

Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center: Yes, understood.

8:58 a.m.

Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center: Sewol, this is Harbor Affairs Jeju. Do you have reception? Sewol, this is Harbor Affairs Jeju.

8:59 a.m.

Sewol: Harbor Affairs Jeju, this is Sewol.

Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center: Sewol, this is Harbor Affairs Jeju. Channel 21, please.

9:00 a.m.

Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center: What’s the current situation?

Sewol: Currently, the body of the ship is tilted to the left. Containers fell over, too.

Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center: OK. There are no damages to people?

Sewol: Currently, it’s impossible to confirm. It is impossible to move as the body of the ship is tilted.

Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center: Yes, OK. Please put on the life vests and get ready as people may have to abandon ship.