Ship officials told the passengers on the capsized Korean ferry to stay in their rooms as the boat sunk off the coast of Korea.
300 passengers are still missing – including high school students.
One survivor told reporters:
“The announcement told us that we should stay still. But, the ship was already sinking and there were a lot of students that did not get out of the ship.”
Via America’s News HQ:
FOX News reported:
South Korean officials said Wednesday that nearly 300 people were still missing several hours after a multi-story passenger ferry sank off that country’s southern coast, leaving at least four dead and dozens injured.
The ferry was carrying 459 people, most of them high school students, and was bound for the island of Jeju when it sent a distress call at around 9 a.m. local time Wednesday as it began leaning to one side, according to South Korea’s Ministry of Security and Public Administration.
Lee Gyeong-og, a vice minister for South Korea’s Public Administration and Security Ministry, said the 459 people included 30 crew members, 325 high school students, 15 teachers and 89 non-student passengers.
Kang Byung-kyu, a government minister, said two of the dead were a female crew member and a male high school student. He said a third body was also believed to be that of a student. A coast guard officer confirmed a fourth fatality, but had no immediate details about it.
He said 164 people were rescued; 55 of them were injured. He said 284 people were missing, likely either trapped inside the ship or floating in the ocean.