293 people unaccounted for after a South Korean ship capsized.

Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea on the night of Tuesday 15th April.

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

A major rescue effort is under way, involving dozens of ships and helicopters. Those brought to safety were taken to a nearby island.

Four people are now said to have died and dozens of others have been hurt.

So far,the number of rescued people stanfs at 164 with 293 people still unaccounted for.

It sank within two hours of sending a distress signal, reports said.

A South Korean government spokesman told reporters this morning that there had been 459 people on board the ferry, including 325 students, 15 teachers, 89 other passengers and a crew of 30.

Many South Koreans fear that this could turn out to be their biggest peacetime disaster in almost 20 years.


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