Agence France-PresseApril 16, 2014 01:04
South Korea despatched coastguard vessels and helicopters Wednesday to rescue around 450 passengers -- mostly high school students -- on a ferry sinking off the southern coast, officials said.
"The ship is taking in water and sinking," a coastguard spokesman told AFP by phone.
"There are around 450 people on board and we have coastguard vessels, commercial ships in the area, as well as helicopters all engaged in the rescue operation," the spokesman said.
Earlier reports had put the number of people on board at 350.