Helicopters come to the aid of passengers and crew aboard the sinking ferry off the island of Byungpoong, South Korea, on April 16, 2014. Almost 300 people were unaccounted for after a ferry mainly carrying students on a high school trip capsized and sank off South Korea's coast.
Passengers are rescued from the sinking ferry by South Korea's Coast Guard .
The mother of a passenger reacts after finding her son's name in the survivors list at a gym where rescued passengers gathered in Jindo, South Korea. The ferry listed heavily onto its side and capsized in apparently calm conditions off South Korea's southwest coast.
Passengers are rescued from the sinking ferry.
The Sewol ferry sinks in the sea. The vessel had been traveling to the southern tourist island of Jeju. The trip from Incheon to Jeju is usually about 14 hours, so the ferry was about three hours from its destination when the distress call was made.
South Korean maritime police search for passengers in the sea around the sinking ferry Sewol.
Rescued passengers comfort each other at a gym in Jindo, South Korea.
South Korea Coast Guard members search for passengers near the ferry. A South Korean government spokesman told reporters that there had been 459 people on the Sewol, including 325 students, 15 teachers, 89 other passengers and a crew of 30.
South Korean coast guard officers look for passengers from the sinking ferry.
The mother of a ferry passenger reacts, right, as she finds her son at a gym where rescued passengers gathered in Jindo, South Korea.
Relatives wait for missing passengers at a harbor in Jindo.
A boat shines a light on the sinking South Korean ferry Sewol.