Ferry with 470 Passengers Sinks off Southwest Coast

A ferry sent distress call in waters off Jindo, South Jeolla Province on Wednesday morning.

The ferry left Incheon at around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday and was heading to the southern resort island of Jeju, carrying over 470 passengers including 325 youngsters on a school trip.

Around two hours after the ferry suddenly started to sink at around 8:55 a.m. on Wednesday, 190 passengers had been rescued.

As of 11:00 a.m., the ferry was about to go under completely, with most of the passengers believed rescued. The ferry has a capacity of some 900 passengers and had enough life jackets.

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The Coast Guard has dispatched over 20 patrol boats and aircraft to the scene. The Navy joined the rescue operations by sending a guided-missile patrol killer, six speed boats and a Lynx helicopter.

Why the ferry sank is unclear.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 16, 2014 10:56 KST

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