Korean Ferry Sinks with off the Coast of Korea – Hundreds Missing
D-Bo , April 16, 2014, 11:15 a.m.
A Korean ferry carrying 470 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to Jeju Island sank off the South Korean coast. This has left more than 280 people missing, 55 injured, and at least 4 people are dead.
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 it one of South Korea's biggest ferry disasters since 1993, when 292 people died.
The ferry left Incheon at around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday and was heading to the southern resort island of Jeju, carrying over 470 passengers including 325 youngsters on a school trip. Around two hours after the ship suddenly started to sink at around 8:55 a.m. on Wednesday, 190 passengers had been rescued.
As of 11:00 a.m., the ship was about to go under completely, with most of the passengers believed rescued. The ship has a capacity of some 900 passengers and had enough life jackets.
The Coast Guard has dispatched over 20 patrol boats and aircraft to the scene. The Navy joined the rescue operations by sending a guided-missile patrol killer, six speed boats and a Lynx helicopter. Why the ship sank is unclear.