Mourners grieve as divers slowly continue to retrieve South Korean ferry wreck victims

BY Ellen Rolfes  April 23, 2014 at 1:40 PM EST
South Koreans pay tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of sunken passengers ship at the Ansan Olympic Memorial Hall on April 23, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. At the altar, Friends and relatives are able to pay tribute to those who have passed in the April 16 ferry disaster off of Jindo Island in South Korea. The confirmed death toll now reached 130, and more than 170 people are still missing, as reported. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

South Koreans pay tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of sunken passengers ship at the Ansan Olympic Memorial Hall on April 23, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. At the altar, Friends and relatives are able to pay tribute to those who have passed in the April 16 ferry disaster off of Jindo Island in South Korea. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Thousands of mourners gathered Wednesday in Ansan, South Korea, to pay respects at a temporary memorial for the victims of last week’s ferry disaster.

The memorial was set up in the indoor sports stadium on Wednesday with a giant altar of terraced flowers and framed photos of the students whose funerals have already taken place.

Divers continue the search for bodies of the some 150 who are still missing. More corpses have been recovered since the weekend, when currents and visibility prevented divers from entering the underwater ferry. They must now rip through cabin walls in order to retrieve more of the victims. The AP reports the confirmed death toll has reached 156.