Posted April 16, 2014 by Aichaaa in News

Four Dead and Nearly 300 Missing from South Korean Ferry [Details]

Four hundred and fifty nine people boarded a South Korean ferry on Wednesday, only to meet disaster. The ferry, Sewol, sank off of the southwest coast of South Korea, and authorities are still unsure as to how this happened. Rescue boats and helicopters swarmed to rescue the passengers, 164 of whom have been saved. Unfortunately, the bodies of four passengers, including a female and three males, were found. Another 292 people remain unaccounted for as the search continues.

The Sewol was carrying 325 students, 15 teachers, 30 crew members, and 89 other passengers. The students were on their way to a four-day trip to a resort when the disaster happened. A rescued student, Lim Hyung Min, stated that he heard a loud bump before several of his classmates were flung into the air and everyone was ordered to put on their life jackets on and jump.

“I had to swim a bit to get to the boat to be rescued,” he said. “The water was so cold and I wanted to live.”

Authorities continue to search for the nearly 300 people who are still missing, while also looking into the cause of the ship’s sinking. For more on this story, visit CNN.