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Survivors recall early moments of ferry rescue

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 - 01:13

April 16 - Survivors of the capsized ferry in South Korea, where more than 280 passengers remain missing, huddle in shock at a temporary shelter. Mana Rabiee reports.

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At this temporary shelter in Jindo, South Korea, the huddled survivors of a capsized ferry are still in shock. Their boat was carrying close to 500 people when it started sinking off the southwest coast early Wednesday. About 175 people were rescued but more than 280 people are still missing. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 18-YEAR-OLD PASSENGER CHOI MIN-JI, WHO WAS RESCUED FROM THE SUNKEN FERRY, SAYING: "I almost got trapped. If I had been told to go outside, I would've jump into the water through the exit, but I couldn't." At least four people are confirmed dead. It's not immediately clear why the ferry capsized in apparently calm conditions. Passengers spoke of an impact before the sinking. One survivor wondered if more lives could have been saved. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 60-YEAR-OLD PASSENGER CHA EUN-OK, WHO WAS RESCUED FROM THE SUNKEN FERRY, SAYING: "I was keeping still without making any movements. There was an announcement that we should not move. I think that caused more loss of lives." A rescue operation is underway to find those still unaccounted for. Some 100 vessels are involved in the effort. The names of survivors are displayed in the shelter. Cold comfort to the hundreds of families waiting for news of the missing.

Survivors recall early moments of ferry rescue

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 - 01:13

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