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Six dead, 290 missing in S. Korea ferry sinking

South Korean rescuers and dive teams worked frantically under floodlights as fears rose for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank Wednesday with 475 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island. Yonhap news agency said 179 people had been rescued, citing national coastguard officials, leaving 290 unaccounted for. There were six confirmed deaths, including a female crew member and a student.

One dead as S. Korea ferry with 450 passengers sinks

South Korea's coastguard said Wednesday one person had been killed as it struggled to rescue 476 people -- mostly high school students -- aboard a ferry that ran aground and sank off the southern coast. Lee Gyeong-Og, the vice minister of security and public administration, told a press briefing in Seoul that he could only confirm the rescue of 161 people so far. However, he added that commercial ships involved in the operation were understood to have rescued a significant number of people.

S. Korea rescue for sinking ferry with 450 passengers

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.

Student tragedy in S. Korea as building collapse kills 10

At least 10 people were killed and more than 100 injured when an auditorium packed with students collapsed at a resort near the southern South Korean city of Gyeongju, officials said Tuesday. More than 560 college students participating in a freshman orientation were believed to have been attending a concert in the building when the roof caved in on Monday -- apparently under the weight of heavy snow -- around 9:15 pm (1215 GMT).

Student tragedy in S. Korea as building collapse kills 10

At least 10 people were killed and more than 100 injured when an auditorium packed with students collapsed at a resort near the southern South Korean city of Gyeongju, officials said Tuesday. More than 560 college students participating in a freshman orientation were believed to have been attending a concert in the building when the roof caved in on Monday -- apparently under the weight of heavy snow -- around 9:15 pm (1215 GMT).

10 dead, dozens trapped in S. Korea building collapse

Ten people were killed and at least a dozen were trapped after an auditorium collapsed under heavy snow Monday at a resort in the southern South Korean city of Gyeongju, rescue workers said. As many as 450 students were believed to have been attending a concert in the building when the roof caved in around 9:15 pm (1215 GMT). Police officials quoted by the Yonhap news agency said ten people had been confirmed killed in the collapse and at least a dozen were thought to still be trapped inside the building, down from around 50 earlier in the evening.

Eight dead, dozens feared trapped in S. Korea building collapse

Eight college students were killed and dozens more feared trapped after an auditorium collapsed under heavy snow Monday at a resort in the southern South Korean city of Gyeongju, rescue workers said. As many as 450 students were believed to have been attending a concert in the building when the roof caved in around 9:15 pm (1215 GMT). Police officials quoted by the Yonhap news agency said eight people had been confirmed killed in the collapse and around 50 more were thought to still be trapped inside the building.

Four dead, dozens feared trapped in S. Korea building collapse

Four college students were killed and dozens more feared trapped after an auditorium collapsed under heavy snow Monday at a resort in the southern South Korean city of Gyeongju, rescue workers said. As many as 450 students were believed to have been attending a concert in the building when the roof caved in around 9:15pm (1215 GMT). "So far we have four confirmed dead and 73 injured, 15 of them seriously," a spokesman for the local fire service told AFP by telephone.

Three dead, 50 trapped in S. Korea building collapse

Three college students were killed and 50 more feared trapped after an auditorium collapsed under heavy snow Monday in the southern South Korean city of Gyeongju, Yonhap news agency reported. Emergency services would not confirm the reported deaths, but fire services told AFP that dozens may have been trapped in the debris when the ceiling of the building caved in at a resort complex being used for a freshman orientation. The collapse appeared to have been caused by heavy snow which piled up on the ceiling of the auditorium, they said.

Two S. Koreans killed in Gangnam helicopter crash

A South Korean helicopter on Saturday crashed into a high-rise apartment block in Seoul's posh Gangnam district, leaving two pilots dead, rescue workers said. The private helicopter hit several apartments near the top of the 30-storey building before plunging to the ground, said the National Emergency Management Agency. Two pilots -- the sole passengers of the aircraft owned by LG Electronics -- were found dead. No residents of the building were killed or injured, an agency official told AFP.
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