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Close to 300 Missing After Ship Sinks Near South Korea

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A multi-story ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships, helicopters and divers. 

Among the passengers, at least three people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. There are around 20 crew members on board.

Some of those who were rescued were told to jump into the water. The water is 12.6 degrees centigrade (55 degrees Fahrenheit). Humans can survive for around two hours at this temperature.

Officials received a distress call from the ferry around 9am local time after ship started to heave toward one side.

The ferry was bringing passengers to Jeju Island, a popular tourist spot. Officials have not said what caused the ferry to sink. Officials say heavy fog at sea, and mud on the ocean floor are making rescue and search operations difficult.

 

 

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