As it happened: S Korea ferry disaster

Key Points

  • Several hundred people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 462 people capsized and sank off South Korea
  • A major rescue effort is under way, using dozens of ships and helicopters
  • The ferry was carrying mainly school students to the southern resort island of Jeju
  • Angry parents have gathered at the school, near Seoul, to demand answers
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  1.  
    09:10:

    Welcome to our live coverage of the unfolding tragedy in South Korea where a ferry carrying hundreds of people - mainly school children - to a resort island has sunk with loss of life. Hours after the disaster at least 290 people remain missing and a major rescue effort is under way.

     
  2.  
    09:12:

    The ferry was travelling from the port of Incheon, in the north-west, to the southern resort island of Jeju. So far, two people are confirmed to have died and 13 others have been hurt - but there are fears those numbers will rise.

     
  3.  
    @thaijr

    tweets: My heart n prayers go out to the people (highschool students) that are fighting for their lives . #koreanferry

     
  4.  
    09:20:
    A passenger ferry sinks off the coast of Jindo Island in Jindo-gun, South Korea, 16 April 2014 It is not yet clear what caused the incident - witnesses described hearing an impact before the ship listed and quickly sank.
     
  5.  
    09:24:
    File photo: USS Bonhomme Richard The US has sent navy ship USS Bonhomme Richard (pictured) which had been patrolling off South Korea, to the scene to help rescue efforts
     
  6.  
    09:27: Lucy Williamson BBC News, Seoul

    Parents of those on board have gathered at the school to demand answers. Some have reported heavy fog along the ferry route and asked why the trip was allowed to go ahead. South Korea's coastguard has said visibility was good in the area at the time of the accident.

     
  7.  
    09:33:

    The government had announced earlier that 368 people had been rescued. However, it later said there had been a counting error, and revised the number to 164. The remaining passengers are "unaccounted for," Lee Gyeong-Og, the vice minister of security and public administration, told reporters.

     
  8.  
    09:36:

    Dozens of ships and helicopters are being used in what has been described as a major rescue effort.

     
  9.  
    CNN International ‏

    tweets: "Students were falling over, crashing into things, bleeding." Passengers describe panic on sinking South Korean ship

     
  10.  
    09:42:

    Rescue teams at the scene could be seen balanced on the hull of the sinking ship, pulling teenagers from cabin windows. Some of those on board had jumped from the vessel as it went down.

     
  11.  
    09:45:
    The mother of a passenger who was on the sinking ferry reacts as she finds his son's name in the survivors list at a gym where rescued passengers gather in Jindo, South Korea, 16 April 2014 Parents have been waiting anxiously for updates. Here, a mother reacts after finding her son's name on the list of survivors.
     
  12.  
    09:45: Harry J Bush, Ulsan, South Korea

    emails: A very sad day for South Korea. As a British English teacher in Korea, I feel for all the students, teachers and families. We can only hope that more will be found safely soon.

     
  13.  
    09:49:

    Rescued passenger Kim Song-Muk says: "People were scrambling to get to the upper decks, but it was difficult with the deck slanted over." You can read more of the survivors' accounts in our story.

     
  14.  
    09:51:
    Sinking ship A passenger is rescued from the sinking ship by South Korean maritime policemen.
     
  15.  
    Jaehwan Cho

    tweets: Calculation of overall passenger number is now in chaos. Operating Company of #Sewol fishery ship claims "462 people were on board" #Korea

     
  16.  
    09:54:

    It is not yet clear what caused the incident. However, the government says rescue operations are the priority for now.

    "We will try to determine the cause of the accident after rescue operations are over," vice minister of security and public administration Lee Gyeong-Og told reporters.

     
  17.  
    09:58:

    Divers are searching the sunken ship, but conditions are challenging, Lee Gyeong-og adds. "There is so much mud in the sea water and the visibility is very low."

     
  18.  
    10:01:

    Jung Kyeong-Mi was among countless anxious parents waiting to hear about their children who were on the ferry. She said: "I felt like my heart stopped. I can't describe the feeling with one word. I was too shocked. I can't even talk about it."

     
  19.  
    10:04: Lucy Williamson BBC News, Seoul

    South Korea's YTN: one man in his 20s confirmed dead in hospital. Means two dead in ship sinking now.

     
  20.  
    10:10:
    Capsized ferry Rescue teams search for passengers around the sunken ship
     
  21.  
    10:12:

    Hyosun Kim, editor of South Korea's YTN English News, says the South Korean resort island of Jeju, where the students were heading, is "a very famous tourist destination... around this time of year many Korean students go on field trips [there]".

    Although the cause of the accident is not clear, it has been confirmed that there was dense fog in the area, she adds.

     
  22.  
    William Kowalski

    tweets: Please pray for the safety of the passengers of the South Korean Ferry. </3

     
  23.  
    10:18:
    This aerial photo shows rescue operations underway for passengers on a South Korean ferry (centre) that capsized on its way to Jeju island from Incheon, 16 April 2014

    To recap: Several hundred people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea. You can see how the ship sank in this picture gallery.

     
  24.  
    10:24:

    The US Navy has sent a ship, the USS Bonhomme Richard, to join the search-and-rescue operation.

     
  25.  
    10:28:

    South Korean officials have revised down the number of people on the ferry from 476 to 459. However, this still leaves more than 250 people unaccounted for.

     
  26.  
    10:31:
    A father hugs his daughter, who was rescued from the sinking ferry, at a gym where rescued passengers are gathered in Jindo, South Korea, 16 April 2014. Many survivors are gathered at a gym on South Korea's Jindo island. Here, a father hugs his daughter, who was rescued from the ferry.
     
  27.  
    10:33:

    There are a multitude of boats taking part in rescue efforts, including commercial boats, the BBC's Lucy Williamson in Seoul says in this video report. South Korean President Park Geun-hye has called on all vessels to lend a hand, our correspondent adds.

     
  28.  
    10:35:

    Reuters reports that this accident could be South Korea's biggest disaster in 20 years.

     
  29.  
    니키~ ♡

    tweets: Praying for all the passengers on South Korea's sunken ferry :(

     
  30.  
    10:45: US 7th Fleet

    tweets: USS Bonhomme Richard is responding to the ferry sinking and will assist as requested by #SouthKorea. #SouthKoreaFerry

    USS Bonhomme Richard
     
  31.  
    10:46:

    South Korea's Yonhap news agency has compiled a list of South Korea's major ship accidents. The incidents with the most deaths took place in 1993, when a passenger liner sank off the southwest coast, killing 292, and in 1970, when a passenger liner sank off the coast of Yeosu city in the south, killing 323.

     
  32.  
    10:51:

    A problem is that the speed with which the ship went down left many people scrambling to ascertain where everybody was, the BBC's Lucy Williamson in Seoul reports.

     
  33.  
    10:53:
    Passengers Passengers are wrapped in blankets as they are brought to shore
     
  34.  
    10:57:

    One survivor describes how "people were scrambling" to get to the upper decks of the boat as it tipped to one side and began to sink.

     
  35.  
    Graham Seery, Cheongju, South Korea

    emails: There appears to be much confusion over the number of fatalities in Korea .. Yonhap news state 77 high school students saved and 4 out of 17 elementary school students. Terrible news and all my colleagues are watching anxiously.

     
  36.  
    11:02:

    Rescued survivors have been speaking about their ordeal. Student Kim Tae-young told reporters: "I held a handrail and moved toward the right side of the ferry to ride a helicopter as water kept coming in... trash cans were floating and water came up to my neck."

     
  37.  
    11:07: Lucy Williamson BBC News, Seoul

    reports that while parents of the children on the ferry raised concerns about the weather conditions, the coastguard insisted conditions in the area where the disaster took place were calm.

     
  38.  
    11:08:

    A third person has been confirmed dead, the Associated Press reports.

     
  39.  
    Ali, Seoul, South Korea

    emails: My cousin and friend were on the the ferry, they jumped in the sea. The water was very cold and deep, my friend thought he was no longer alive... he is still living. They are both in shock and being treated for in hospital.

     
  40.  
    Jaehwan Cho

    tweets: According to @mbcnews, another Ansan Danwon High school student (male)'s body found by S.#Korea's coast guard. #Sewol

     
  41.  
    11:17:

    Survivor Yoo Ho-shil says: "Once the ferry listed, water came in very quickly... I could see it [listing]. I felt in my bones that I had to escape when I saw water was flooding an aisle next to a cabin."

     
  42.  
    11:20:
    Parents Nervous parents check a rescued passenger list at a gymnasium in Jindo, south of Seoul
     
  43.  
    11:22: The New York Times

    writes this article: With Hundreds Missing, Divers Search Sunken South Korean Ferry

     
  44.  
    11:24:

    Hyosun Kim from YTN English News tells the BBC: "The South Korean government has confirmed that a total of three people have lost their lives."

     
  45.  
    yoshie♥

    tweets: Praying for all the passengers on South Korea's Sunken Ferry :( hope that there's a lot of survivors~

     
  46.  
    11:26:

    To recap, almost 300 people remain unaccounted for, three people are said to have died and at least 13 others have been hurt.

     
  47.  
    11:34:
    South Korea map The ferry had been travelling from the port of Incheon, in the north-west of South Korea, to the southern resort island of Jeju
     
  48.  
    11:37:

    Despite reports of fog where the incident occurred, the coastguard says that conditions for the boat's journey were good, correspondents say.

     
  49.  
    Em, in Sydney

    tweets: When I heard the sinking ferry off South Korea held mostly students, I had a mini heart attack thinking of the exchange students we hosted.

     
  50.  
    11:42:

    Many parents at Jindo are becoming distressed as they realise that, with darkness falling, the hopes of finding their loved ones are falling as well, says CNN's Paula Hancocks.

     
  51.  
    11:46:

    The urgent question is how many people are still in the submerged hull, BBC correspondent Nick Childs says.

     
  52.  
    11:51:

    The South Korean government has confirmed that at least three people have died in the incident. The third body is believed to be that of a male student.

     
  53.  
    11:52:

    Minjeong Kim from Yonhap TV says two of those confirmed dead were school students, and the other was a 22-year-old crew member.

     
  54.  
    11:54:
    Woman hoisted to safety This woman is seen being hoisted from the ship to safety
     
  55.  
    11:55:
    South Korea Coast Guard members search for passengers near a South Korean ferry (centre) that capsized on its way to Jeju island from Incheon, South Korea, 16 April 2014 The ferry sank rapidly - reportedly within two hours of sending a distress signal - until it was almost completely submerged.
     
  56.  
    11:56:

    Military divers have begun an underwater search of the vessel. A team of navy divers were able to enter the vessel after battling poor visibility and strong currents, and searched three compartments but found no bodies, Yonhap news agency reports, citing officials.

     
  57.  
    11:59:
    Map: Location of the sinking This map shows the approximate location of the ferry sinking
     
  58.  
    Independent Journalist in Korea, Joseph Kim

    tweets: Death count just went up to 4 #Sewol

     
  59.  
    12:03:
  60.  
    12:04:

    Footage shows a survivor describing the moment the ferry sank. He says he was told to "sit still" while on board, even though the ferry was sinking.

     
  61.  
    12:06:
    Crowds Crowds gather on the island of Jindo as the search operation continues into the night
     
  62.  
    12:10:

    "I'm afraid there's little chance for those trapped inside to still be alive," a senior rescue team official, speaking by phone from the scene, tells AFP news agency.

     
  63.  
    South Korea on Twitter

    These words are currently trending on Twitter in South Korea: Fate unknown, Hypothermia, 290 people, Large disaster, Titanic, Ferry sinking

     
  64.  
    12:15: Nick Childs World affairs correspondent, BBC News

    says the darkness will undoubtedly complicate the search and rescue effort.

     
  65.  
    Independent journalist in Korea, Joseph Kim

    tweets: At Danwon High School. Situation is tense. Talked to several people with known connections. Mourning and wish not be disturbed #Sewol

     
  66.  
    12:23:

    The darkness will undoubtedly complicate matters, but the rescue is a huge priority because of the large number of people still unaccounted for, the BBC's Nick Childs reports.

     
  67.  
    12:24:
    Relatives of missing people wait at a Jindo port  in Jindo-gun, South Korea, 16 April 2014 Relatives of those missing are anxiously waiting for news as darkness sets in, complicating search efforts
     
  68.  
    12:25:

    AP reports that officials from the company that owns the ship have apologised for the tragedy.

    "I would like to say sorry to the passengers including a number of students and their parents, and promise that our company will do its best to minimise loss of life. We are sorry," said Kim Young-boong, Chief of Planning and Management at Chunghaejin Marine Corporation.

     
  69.  
    12:29: Andrew Smith, Bucheon, South Korea

    told BBC journalists: "I work at an after-school academy not far from where the ferry left in Incheon and there is a very subdued atmosphere in work today. Many of my students are a similar age to those on the trip and some have either already taken a trip to Jeju this year or had plans to later in the summer. This is a very sad day indeed."

     
  70.  
    Joanna Copper

    tweets: It's so sad to think that the students were going on a trip.. :( hopefully the rescued count will rise! #SouthKoreaFerry #PrayForSouthKorea

     
  71.  
    12:33:

    Correspondents say there are question marks over whether any people inside the ferry may be alive, if they are trapped in pockets of air in the ship. They says there may also be survivors in the water - but the water is cold and it may not take long for hypothermia to set in.

     
  72.  
    12:34:
    The mother of a passenger who was on a sinking ferry reacts as she finds her son at a gym where rescued passengers gather in Jindo, 16 April 2014 There have been emotional reunions at Jindo, where rescued passengers are gathered. Here, a mother reacts as she finds that her son is safe.
     
  73.  
    12:35:
    Relatives Worried friends and relatives have been gathered at Jindo for much of Wednesday, as they wait to hear news of their missing loved ones
     
  74.  
    Professor at Stern School, NYU, Nouriel Roubini

    tweets: Our thoughts to those who are missing in the Korea ferry sinking and to their families

     
  75.  
    12:42:

    South Korean Minister of Security and Public Administration, Kang Byung-kyu, gave details of the three confirmed dead so far. They were "one female employee from the ferry company, one junior student in Danwon High School, and one who hasn't been identified, but presumed a male student," he said.

     
  76.  
    12:45:
    Sinking ferry Lighting flares are released to help the night search, as the last visible part of the ferry begins to sink beneath the water's surface
     
  77.  
    12:48:
    File photo: Park Geun-hye South Korean President Park Geun-hye has said she feels "truly devastated" by the tragedy.
     
  78.  
    12:48:

    President Park has urged teams to "make the best efforts to rescue even one more person".

     
  79.  
    12:53:

    A total of four people are now confirmed dead in the South Korea ferry disaster.

     
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    12:55:
    Rescued passengers are escorted by members of a rescue team upon their arrival at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, 16 April 2014 Rescued passengers are escorted to a port in Jindo, South Korea
     
  81.  
    12:56: Lucy Williamson BBC News, Seoul

    describes how passengers reported a "large thud" and some "kind of impact" before the ferry began to tilt on its side and eventually sank.

     
  82.  
    13:00: Martin Patience BBC News, Seoul

    says: Divers are now searching the submerged vessels for any survivors. Many Koreans fear that this could turn out to be their biggest peacetime disaster in almost twenty years.

     
  83.  
    13:01: Martin Patience BBC News, Seoul

    says: Local TV stations broadcast live footage of passengers jumping from the stricken ferry and then being winched into helicopters. Other passengers were pulled out of the sea by fishing boats in the area. Survivors say many of the missing are trapped in the hull of the ferry.

     
  84.  
    13:07:
    Sea search Maritime police continue to scour the sea around the sunken ship in search of the nearly 300 people still missing
     
  85.  
    13:12:

    Hyosun Kim, editor of YTN English News, tells the BBC that rescue experts believe there is little chance those still missing in the water are alive.

     
  86.  
    Mark Dowdall in Seoul, South Korea

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay I live a short walk away from Danwon High School. Largely working class area.Praying for students and their families #Sewol

     
  87.  
    Jaehwan Cho

    tweets: According to @kbsnewstweet, number of survivors increased to 174 from 164. #Sewol #Korea

     
  88.  
    Lucy Williamson BBC News, Seoul

    Crowds gathered around gymnasium in Jindo where families of those missing are waiting.

     
  89.  
    13:15:

    To recap: Hundreds of people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea.

     
  90.  
    13:20:

    To recap: The ferry, carrying mainly school students, was travelling from the port of Incheon, in the north-west, to the southern resort island of Jeju.

     
  91.  
    13:22:

    The US Naval Forces based in Seoul has offered assistance to South Korean search efforts where necessary.

    "The Republic of Korea government has done a great job thus far in responding to the scene, and they've been working tirelessly to try to save as many passengers as possible," spokesman Lieutenant Arlo Abrahamson told the BBC. "We think they're doing a superb job, and we are here to support the Republic of Korea navy and coastguard as required."

     
  92.  
    13:36:
    Coast guard members search for passengers near a South Korean ferry (centre) that capsized on its way to Jeju island from Incheon, 16 April 2014 Dozens of ships and helicopters have been deployed in the search for passengers on the capsized ferry
     
  93.  
    13:39:

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye says: "I think it is truly tragic that the [high school] students who were going on a field trip and the passengers [of the ship] were involved in such an unfortunate accident."

     
  94.  
    13:40:

    Low water temperatures are making the situation worse for any possible survivors, officials quoted by Yonhap news agency say.

     
  95.  
    13:50:

    A survivor has told reporters that passengers were hit by luggage and vending machines as the ship keeled over. "Everyone was screaming and a lot of people were bleeding badly," he said.

     
  96.  
    13:56:
    Maritime police search for missing passengers as lighting flares are released for a night search, following the sinking of South Korean ferry Sewol at the sea off Jindo, South Korea, 16 April 2014 Maritime police are releasing flares to assist with the night time search
     
  97.  
    Dongwoo (Tony) Chang, Seoul

    tweets: #koreanferry rescue operation suspended for now, to resume at 1 a.m. KST (in 4 hours). 284 still missing.

     
  98.  
    14:15:

    "I'm afraid there's little chance for those trapped inside still to be alive," senior rescue team official Cho Yang-Bok tells YTN television.

     
  99.  
    14:21:
    A relative weeps as she waits for missing passengers of a sunken ferry at Jindo port, South Korea, 16 April 2014 A relative weeps as she waits for missing passengers at Jindo port
     
  100.  
    Independent journalist in Korea, Joseph Kim

    tweets: Before leaving the high school (Danwon High School), I saw volunteers take bundles of what looked like large blankets. Preparing for a long night #Sewol

     
  101.  
    14:25: Martin Patience BBC News, Seoul

    says the main focus for the South Korean authorities now is the search for missing passengers. He says questions as to what caused the ship to sink will no doubt be answered in the coming days.

     
  102.  
    14:27: Tori Elliott, Jeonju, South Korea

    emails: The South Korean people have suffered a shocking loss today. A loss that no parent, friend or teacher should ever have to endure.

     
  103.  
    14:30:

    One survivor has told local television that passengers were advised to stay still as the ship began to sink. "The announcement told us to stay still, but the ship was already sinking and there were lots of students who did not get out of the ship," he said.

     
  104.  
    14:31:

    Another survivor tells reporters the accident was "very tense". He says the ship was tilted more than 45 degrees.

     
  105.  
    14:38: Joon Shin, Incheon

    emails: It's mid term exam at uni this week in Korea. Everybody is just so stunned..just praying that casualties will be as minimum as possible..there is a sense among us that the media coverage is being controlled to some extent.

     
  106.  
    Independent journalist in Korea, Joseph Kim

    tweets: A female student texted her mom "I love you" because she didn't know if she'd make it. She is still missing #Sewol

     
  107.  
    Gail

    tweets: I hope the rest of the passengers of the sunken ferry will be found safe. To the families of the passengers, stay strong. #PrayForSouthKorea

     
  108.  
    14:44: Martin Patience BBC News, Seoul

    warns that weather conditions, which have so far been calm, are expected to worsen by Thursday. He says the forecasted stormy conditions may hamper the search operation.

     
  109.  
    Jaehwan Cho

    tweets: @happymospa says "Rescue operations of #Sewol Ferry is now on-going by using a light bomb, because it's dark here in S.#Korea"

     
  110.  
    Dongwoo (Tony) Chang, Seoul

    tweets: Ship salvage cranes to arrive on site of accident Friday morning, 2 days after disaster. Many still feared trapped in ferry #Koreanferry

     
  111.  
    14:56:
    Crying woman A woman cries as she waits at a port in Jindo while rescue workers search for almost 300 missing passengers
     
  112.  
    14:59:

    Two of the four dead are believed to have been students while a third person killed was a female crew member, according to Yonhap news agency. The fourth victim has not yet been identified.

     
  113.  
    15:03:

    Angry relatives of the missing passengers threw water at journalists trying to speak to survivors and at a local politician who had arrived at the makeshift clinic in Jindo, Reuters reports.

     
  114.  
    15:05:

    BBC footage shows the dramatic search and rescue effort earlier today, when teams winched and hoisted passengers from the boat as it sank.

     
  115.  
    Maira E

    tweets: This saddens me. After the MH370 incident, now the SK Ferry? Deepest condolence to the Koreans. #PrayForSouthKorea

     
  116.  
    Jaehwan Cho

    tweets: Tomorrow's morning weather of Jindo(#Sewol Ferry incident scene) : Rain, Low visibility. #Korea.

     
  117.  
    15:19:
    A relative cries as she waits for missing passengers at a port in Jindo, South Korea, 16 April 2014. There is a large media presence at the port in Jindo where distraught relatives are waiting for news
     
  118.  
    15:19:

    To recap, almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after the ferry sank. Four are said to have died and dozens of others have been injured.

     
  119.  
    15:20:

    Hanjoo Kim from Yonhap news agency tells BBC World News the rescue operation is still ongoing. She says the latest government figures show 284 people are missing and 174 have been rescued.

     
  120.  
    15:21:

    Anxious parents and relatives of passengers are angry with the South Korean government because they don't think they are being given enough information about the unfolding events, Yonhaps's Hanjoo Kim tells the BBC.

     
  121.  
    15:27:

    The hashtag #PrayForSouthKorea is trending on Twitter in Korea and the US.

     
  122.  
    Sarah Kim

    tweets: What a sad day so far. I just pray for the ones still in the ferry to be alive and to be rescued as soon as possible.

     
  123.  
    15:36:
    The ferry is seen sinking in this screen shot of an image taken by helicopter camera provided by the Republic of Korea Coast Guard This image from a helicopter camera shows the ferry keeling over in the water
     
  124.  
    15:40:

    The deadliest ship accidents previously recorded in South Korea took place in 1993 when a passenger liner sank off the south-west coast killing 292, and in 1970, when a passenger liner sank off the coast of Yeosu city in the south, killing 323 - according to the Yonhap news agency.

     
  125.  
    15:45:
    Doctor A doctor examines survivors of the sunken ship as others embrace their loved ones in the background
     
  126.  
    15:48:
    A woman looks out to see Search efforts are continuing late into the night in South Korea
     
  127.  
    15:48:

    Twitter users have taken to the social networking site to point out that it was 102 years ago to the day that the Titanic sank.

     
  128.  
    Wilfred Chan CNN journalist in Hong Kong

    tweets: When we started reporting on #Sewol this morning, a brief flicker of hope everyone might be saved. Now, quickly turning into a nightmare

     
  129.  
    16:06:

    The BBC's Martin Patience in Seoul has sent a report saying divers have been searching the sunken ferry in the dark for survivors.

     
  130.  
    16:17:
    Relatives check the survivor lists as they wait for missing passengers of a sunken ferry at Jindo port on 16 April 2014 in South Korea Lists showing the names of survivors are displayed at Jindo port
     
  131.  
    16:19:

    Footage from inside the ferry - apparently filmed by a survivor on their mobile phone - appears to show the vessel listing and passengers wearing life jackets as they take cover on the ground.

    UGC video showing footage from inside the South Korea ferry which purports to be filmed by a survivor.
     
  132.  
    16:29:

    A US Navy ship, the USS Bonhomme Richard, is standing by to help with the search as required, officials say. "When we were alerted to the accident, we immediately diverted to the scene to render assistance," said Capt Heidi C Agle. "However, the efficiency of the Korean response eclipsed the immediate need for our assets. We are standing by to provide support as requested by the on-scene commander."

     
  133.  
    Jaehwan Cho South Korean journalist

    tweets: Many friends of Ansan Danwon High schools students are looking their friends name on twitter or facebook. Please #PrayForSouthKorea.

     
  134.  
    Dongwoo (Tony) Chang, South Korean journalist

    tweets: Coast guard say they rescued 6 year-old from #Koreanferry; death toll up to 5. 3 confirmed as students, 2 unidentified.

     
  135.  
    16:58:

    Here is another image from the footage apparently taken by a survivor on board the ship. It appears to show passengers hunkering down in life jackets.

    UGC image from inside the ship
     
  136.  
    17:01:

    Although rescue operations are ongoing through the night, divers have suspended attempts to find survivors inside the ship until daylight, Reuters reports.

     
  137.  
    17:08: Martin Patience BBC News, Seoul

    says many South Koreans are reposting a yellow ribbon on Facebook to symbolise the hope that the missing may still be found alive.

     
  138.  
    17:09:

    In a text message shown on South Korea's main news channel - YTN - one student said to his father: "Dad, I can't walk out because the ship is tilted too much, and I don't see anyone in the corridor."

     
  139.  
    17:19:
    Family members of missing passengers wait at Jindo port on 16 April 2014 Relatives of the missing passengers wait on the waterfront at the port in Jindo
     
  140.  
    Jaehwan Cho South Korean journalist

    tweets: I'll join @BBC_WHYS to talk more about the #Sewol ferry. Things are still developing and many Koreans are not having good-night sleep.

     
  141.  
    17:25:

    South Korea's Prime Minister, Chung Hong-won, has urged those involved in the search and rescue effort not to give up. "As of now, we don't have a minute or a second to waste," he says. "We have to use all our energy to rescue more lives. Therefore I ask every leader of each department to stay on the scene and direct their teams, and do their best to fulfil their responsibility."

     
  142.  
    17:42:
    Family members of missing students attend a candlelight vigil at Danwon High School in Ansan April 16, 2014 A candlelight vigil has been held at Danwon High School in Ansan where many of the missing passengers were students
     
  143.  
    17:48:

    Six people are now known to have died in the accident, according to Reuters.

     
  144.  
    17:57:

    The latest reports say 462 people were on board the ferry before it sank. There have been conflicting accounts of the number of people on board, as well as the number rescued so far.

     
  145.  
    Jaehwan Cho, South Korean journalist

    tweets: Troubling numbers of #Sewol toll right now. Seems like it's very difficult to count. #PrayForSouthKorea

     
  146.  
    18:13:

    Jaehwan Cho, a freelance journalist in Seoul, tells BBC World Have Your Say that the island the ferry was travelling to is considered "the Korean Hawaii" and is well known by many in the country.

     
  147.  
    18:23:

    David Schmitz, a retired rescue diver, says it is possible people will have been able to survive in air pockets inside the sunken ship until now, speaking to BBC World Have Your Say.

     
  148.  
    18:31:

    Marine safety expert Nigel R Pryke says the Sewol was a type of passenger vessel known as a 'RORO' ferry, meaning it has built-in ramps that allow cargo to be rolled on and off. Speaking on BBC World Have Your Say, he said there have been past incidents where water has got onto the vehicle deck, and caused a ferry to capsize. Safety has improved over the years but nothing is 100% safe, he adds.

     
  149.  
    Gloria Riviera ABC News Asia correspondent

    tweets: #prayforsouthkorea ABCNews @jooheecho at Mokpo Hanhuk Hospital mother tells of lost son who gave life vest 2 friend, friend made it, son...no

     
  150.  
    Joseph Kim Independent journalist

    tweets: Weather report from Jindo: Expect rain throughout (some saying possible storms), which will make the search more difficult #Sewol

     
  151.  
    Jaehwan Cho South Korean journalist

    tweets: 2:36 am here in S.#Korea. Here's the latest #Sewol toll (YTN Captureshot) #PrayForSouthKorea

    YTB screenshot of ferry accident area
     
  152.  
    19:08:
    Passenger relative Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for, as relatives wait for news of their loved ones
     
  153.  
    19:27:

    Divers earlier entered three compartments of the ship but found no bodies, according to reports.

     
  154.  
    19:40:

    Captain Joey Tynch, the Commanding Officer of the USS Bonhomme Richard, which is standing by to help, told the BBC it was a difficult situation for rescuers. "It's a very complex operation now as they continue their search and rescue efforts," he said. "The weather is a challenge, the water temperature is a challenge."

     
  155.  

    To recap, almost 300 people are still missing after a passenger ferry sank off the coast of South Korea. Emergency teams are using floodlights and flares as they search through the night. More than 170 passengers have been rescued so far but at least six people are known to have died, according to reports. For the latest round-up on the incident you can read our main news story.

     
  156.  
    20:03:

    South Korea's Prime Minister, Chung Hong-won, visited some the anxious relatives earlier, according to the Associated Press. Many railed at the authorities and broke down in tears, the news agency says.

     
  157.  
    20:23:

    Dramatic footage shows people being rescued from the ship as it lies on its side.

     
  158.  
    20:35:
    Relatives wait for news at a harbour in Jindo on 17 April 2014 As search operations continue through the night, relatives wait anxiously at the harbour in Jindo
     
  159.  
    20:41:

    The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a student on board the ferry sent a final text message to his mother saying: "Mom, this might be my last chance to tell you I love you." The newspaper linked to a screen grab of the message, and said the student's mother replied, but got no response.

     
  160.  
    21:01:

    A British marine salvage expert, John Noble, tells BBC Newshour any remaining survivors would have to have access to oxygen to stay alive.

     
  161.  
    21:03:

    "That is the one ray of hope that I think we must hang onto, because it is not without precedent where ships have overturned completely as this one has seemed to have done, where the air that is trapped inside does form pockets, and people have managed to get to them," he says.

     
  162.  
    21:15:

    The Associated Press news agency releases this diagram of the vessel showing its size and capacity.

    AP graphic shows ferry capacity Sources: Yonhap News Agency; South Korea Maritime Ministry
     
  163.  
    22:13:

    Some 178 divers - including a team from the South Korean navy special forces - are involved in the search, Lee Gyeong-og, vice-minister of security and public administration, tells the AFP news agency. But low visibility and strong currents are hampering the rescue efforts, he adds.

     
  164.  
    22:25:

    With the cause of the ferry's sinking still unknown, the captain and crew of the vessel have been interviewed by the coast guard, the Associated Press reports.

     
  165.  
    Joohee Cho, ABC News Seoul Bureau Chief

    tweets: At port. Parents are asked to stand in line to identify two newly found dead female bodies in ambulance.

     
  166.  
    22:43:
    A family member of a missing passenger who was on the South Korean ferry "Sewol" which sank in the sea off Jindo cries after finding her son's name in the survivors list at a gym where rescued passengers gathered in Jindo 16 April 2014. Emotional scenes at a gym in Jindo, where rescued passengers have gathered. This woman cries after finding her son's name on the list of survivors
     
  167.  
    US 7th fleet:

    tweets: "We are standing by to provide support as requested," said Commodore, US Amphibious Squadron 11. #SouthKoreaFerry

     
  168.  
    South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won is shielded by his bodyguards from a bottle of water thrown by an angry relative of passengers in Jindo, South Korea, on 17 April 2014. Prime Minister Chung Hong-won (front left) apparently had water thrown at him by an angry relative as he visited the families in Jindo
     
  169.  
    Jaehwan Cho South Korean journalist

    tweets: Live scene in Jindo, S.#Korea - family members of missing #Sewol passengers were on board to see the rescue process

    Family members of missing #Sewol passengers were on board to see the rescue process
     
  170.  
    Jaehwan Cho South Korean journalist

    tweets: YTN reveals how divers are searching the #Sewol ferry. #PrayForSouthKorea

    YTN television channel screen shot showing divers are searching the #Sewol ferry
     
  171.  
    23:29:
    Flares light up the early morning sky as teams continue to search the capsized ferry Flares light up the early morning sky as teams continue to search the capsized ferry
     
  172.  
    Joseph Kim Independent journalist

    tweets: Local media reports seem to be preparing for the worst. It has been almost 23 hours since #Sewol sent the distress signal yesterday

     
  173.  
    00:06:

    We are now bringing this feed of updates on the South Korea ferry disaster to a close. You can read about the latest developments in our main news story.

     
  174.  
    00:07:

    Thank you for following. Check the BBC's main news page for more live coverage coming shortly.

     

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