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UPDATE: South Korean Captain May Have Gotten on First Rescue Boat

 
UPDATE: South Korean Captain May Have Gotten on First Rescue Boat
Posted Thursday, April 17th 2014 @ 6pm  by KFBK News

UPDATE:

A coast guard official in South Korea says investigators are looking into whether the captain of the sunken ferry got on the first rescue boat at the scene.

The captain was among the crew members who survived the sinking, which may have killed nearly 300 people. There are still more than 270 people unaccounted for, while the number of confirmed deaths has reached 20.

Rescuers says some survivors may be trapped inside.

 

A crew member says as the ship started to list, there was no immediate order for passengers to evacuate, because officers were still trying to stabilize the vessel.

Video that was shot by a survivor shows the vessel listing severely as people in life jackets cling to the side of the ship. A loudspeaker announcement can be heard telling passengers to stay in their quarters.

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The search for people who were on board a sunken South Korean ferry has been hampered today by strong, dangerous currents, as well as rain and bad visibility.

But officials say divers will keep trying to enter the ship.

There are still more than 270 people unaccounted for, while the number of confirmed deaths has reached 20.

Video that was shot by a survivor shows the vessel listing severely as people in life jackets cling to the side of the ship.

A loudspeaker announcement can be heard telling passengers to stay in their quarters.

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Any hope of finding more survivors is fading fast after a passenger ferry sank off the coast of South Korea.  

The growing concern is that the nearly 300 people still missing may all be lost.  

The waters where the ferry went down on Wednesday are near freezing, the weather is bad and debris in the area isn't helping.

The ferry was carrying about 475 people when it started taking on water.  

Most of the passengers were students and teachers on a field trip.

South Korea's president has visited the scene and met with horrified family members as the search and rescue effort continues. 

The ferry's captain has issued an apology, but says he has no words to describe how he's feeling. It's not known what caused the 6,800-ton vessel to go down. 

A crew member of the ferry says an evacuation order was not issued immediately because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to lean.

The first instructions from the captain were for the passengers to put on life jackets and stay put.

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