S. Korea says 292 missing after ship sinks

SEOUL - South Korea’s government said 284 people are missing after a ferry carrying hundreds of high school students sank en route to the resort island of Jeju, in what may be the nation’s worst ferry accident in two decades.

At least four people, including a student, died in the accident. Of the 462 passengers and crew, 174 people have been rescued including 75 students and two teachers, the Korea Coast Guard said in an e-mailed statement.

The government earlier said 368 people were rescued, a mistake it said was caused by double-counting.

The passengers included 325 students and 14 teachers from Danwon High School on an excursion to Jeju island, according to the school’s website.

A board posted at the school used to track those rescued showed that only 80 had been accounted for.

They were in their penultimate year of high school at Danwon, which has 1,376 students.

“Luckily, I was able to jump, like many others,” Im Hyeong Min, a student from the school, told YTN in a phone interview after being rescued. Another student, whose name was not provided, broke down in tears as he spoke to Yonhap TV about his friends, who had been inside their cabins before the ship sank.

Coast guard footage showed the 6,325-ton ferry submerged with only its bow visible 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Byeongpoong island off the southwest corner of the Korean peninsula.

South Korea’s special Navy forces, including divers, were among the rescuers, which involved 31 helicopters and 60 vessels, the security ministry said in an e-mailed statement.

Comments (3)

may their souls rest in eternal peace .

manasa munemo - 17 April 2014

may their souls rest in eternal peace .

manasa munemo - 17 April 2014

The word "missing" has been abused in these two fatalities, the Malaysian plane and the S.Korean ferry sinking. Honestly do you expect to get survivors from the two. Food for thought?

Mukanya - 17 April 2014

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