News Korea A passenger ferry with 477 people on board has capsized and sunk off the coast of South Korea, with two people declared dead and almost 300 missing. The sinking has been declared the country’s biggest peacetime disaster in decades.
It’s unclear exactly how many of the 477 people on board were rescued. Many jumped from the listing ship to the freezing waters below. At one point, South Korean authorities said 386 passengers had been rescued and that 104 remain unaccounted for. But later Wednesday, they said they couldn’t provide exact numbers. What is known is that at least three people — a female crew member and two male high school students — were confirmed dead. Among the passengers the ferry, Sewol, was carrying were 325 students.
There are conflicting reports about the total number of students and teachers on board. According to Reuters, a school official stated that 338 students and teachers were on board, all of whom have been rescued. However, other estimates put the number at anywhere between 110 to 160, pending further confirmation from the Coast Guard. The high school students were on their way to Jeju Island as part of a school trip, according to Yonhap news agency.
Everyone is completely worried and shocked at the moment. Also Hayana expressed her worrys via Twitter today: "마음이 너무 아프다…한명이라도 무사히 가족들 품으로 돌아왔으면…." [Trans.] Im so worried, might everyone return savely home to their familys Yull wrote: 너무 안타깝다..기적이 일어나길 [Trans] waiting deplorable for a miracle to happen
Lets all Pray for the ones who are still trapped in the Inside of the ship… and our Condolences to the familys who sadly have to face the loss of someone beloved~