Two dead, 300 missing as ferry sinks off South Korea

A frantic rescue operation is underway this morning after a huge ferry capsized in South Korea.


by Ellie Hooper |
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Two people have been confirmed dead, with 300 people still missing - as many are feared trapped within the vessel.

The boat was sailing to the southern island of Jeju, carrying over 400 passengers, when it began leaning to one side and sent out a distress call.

A total of 16 helicopters, 34 rescue vessels and navy divers were sent into the area to help recover survivors.

The boat is 95% submerged in the water at this stage
The boat is 95% submerged in the water at this stage

Student Lim Hyung-min, who was on the boat with friends, said he jumped into the ocean wearing his life jacket and then swan to a nearby rescue boat.

He said the ocean 'was so cold…I was hurrying, thinking that I wanted to live.'

An injured passenger is moved to dry land

The ocean temperature in the area is estimated at around 12 degrees Celsius - cold enough to give you hypothermia after about 90 minutes.

Another passenger reported hearing a loud noise before the boat stopped, though it is still unclearat this stage what caused the vessel to capsize.

The rescue effort continues.

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