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Thursday, April 17, 2014

292 Missing and 4 Dead in South Korea Ferry Tragedy

In this image from South Korea's Mokpo Coast Guard passengers from a sinking ferry of the country's southern coast south of Seoul are rescued by the Coast Guard. Seoul said at least 2 people including a student died in the accident. It shows the badly listing passenger ship en route to Jeju Island as it slowly disappeared from the naked eye. Officials said all 338 High School students and teachers previously reported missing have been rescued. The ferry carrying 459 people mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic hours long rescued by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least 4 people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. The high number of people unaccounted for likely trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean raised fears that the death toll could rise drastically making one of South Korea's biggest ferry disaster since 1993 when 292 people died. Local television stations broadcast live pictures of the ship "Sewol" listing to it's side and slowly sinking as passengers jumped out or were winched up by choppers. At least 87 vessels and 18 aircraft swarmed around the stricken ship. Rescuers clambered over it's sides pulling out passengers wearing orange life jackets. But the ship overturned completely and continued to sink slowly. Within few hours only it's blue and white bow stuck out of the water. Very soon that too disappeared.  
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