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Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry accident

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 - 01:38

April 17 - Emergency services in South Korea continue to search for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry carrying more than 470 passengers sank off South Korea. Sarah Toms reports.

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Helicopters, ships and inflatable dinghies join a massive search in the waters off the southwestern coast of South Korea. They're frantically looking for survivors after a ferry capsized on Wednesday travelling from Incheon to the holiday island, Jeju. It's no easy task, the currents are strong and divers are finding it difficult to enter the submerged ship. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) MINISTER OF SECURITY AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, KANG BYUNG-KYU, SAYING: "Total 555 divers were mobilised for search operations and three cranes departed (for an accident area) last night. One crane will arrive tomorrow morning and two will arrive at night. Four hundred and 75 people were onboard this ferry. Most of them were students and teachers from the same high school. Only 149 passengers have been rescued and many are believed to be trapped inside. As rescue efforts continue, grieving parents wait on the shore for news of their children. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 43-YEAR-OLD SOUTH KOREAN FAMILY MEMBER OF ONE OF MISSING PEOPLE, OH BYUNG-HWAN, SAYING: "Other parents have received the text messages saying there are about fifteen people (in the sunken ferry). Rescue team could not enter the ferry because of the strong tidal current." (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 50-YEAR-OLD SOUTH KOREAN FAMILY MEMBER OF ONE OF MISSING PEOPLE, LIM YOUNG-GIL, SAYING: "I was in the school from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. but they had repeatedly said the same things. Nothing was new. Ministers and lawmakers visiting here are useless. They just took pictures. I asked to make a phone call directly (to search operation team), but they asked another person to do it." They accuse officials of being slow to react and for lack of information. As each hour passes, their hopes of seeing their loved ones alive diminish.

Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry accident

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 - 01:38

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