Search continues for missing people from South Korea ferry accident

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email

Most of the passengers were students from the same high school on a field trip. The death toll now stands at 14.

Rescuers are facing harsh weather conditions as they search for the hundreds of passengers still missing.

JINDO ISLAND, SOUTH KOREA (NBC) - The search continues for almost 300 people missing after a ferry sank off the South Korean coast.

Most of the passengers were students from the same high school on a field trip. The death toll now stands at 14.

Rescuers are facing harsh weather conditions as they search for the hundreds of passengers still missing.

The South Korean Coast Guard said that the visibility in the murky waters near the sunken vessel is less than two meters and that fast currents are impeding the professional divers looking for any survivors.

Families of the passengers on board, mostly students on a field trip, are gathering on nearby Jindo Island.

They are outrages with what they call a slow government response after the Sewol sank off the country's southwest coast on its way to the resort island of Jeju.

The Prime Minister visited the families and was greeted with relatives hurling water bottles asking "How could you let this happen?"

The President of the country has also arrived on the scene.

She was debriefed by the Coast Guard and urged rescuers to keep up the search.

Some of the students had sent text messages from inside the vessel telling their parents that they loved them.

The captain of the ship is now facing a criminal investigation but there still is no confirmation on the cause of the incident.


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