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South Korean ferry drowned off the South of the Korean peninsula

South Korean ferry carrying 459 passengers and crew drowned on 16 April 2014 off the south of the Korean Peninsula.

Apr 17, 2014 15:30 IST
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South Korean ferry carrying 459 passengers and crew drowned on 16 April 2014 off the south of the Korean Peninsula. Maritime Ministry had rescued only 164 passengers and as many as 293 people were still missing.

The ferry ran into trouble some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong.

imageThe 6825 tonne ferry was identified as the Sewol. It was carrying about 470 passengers including the students and teachers towards a route to Jeju Island. Jeju Island is located at about 100 km (60 miles) south of the Korean peninsula.

As reported, the ferry tilted over 45 degrees on the port side with helicopters flying overhead, and then fully capsized with only its stern visible.

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