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Image: South Korean ferry "Sewol" is seen sinking at the sea off Jindo

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South Korea Ferry Sinks

A ferry mainly carrying students on a high school trip capsized and sank off South Korea's coast.

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Image: Helicopters heading to aid passengers and crew aboard a South Korean ferry

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.

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Image: S. Korea Ferry With Hundreds Of Passengers Sinks

Passengers are rescued from the sinking ferry by South Korea's Coast Guard .

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Image: The mother of a passenger who was on a sinking ferry reacts after finding her son's name in the survivors list in Jindo

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.

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Passengers are rescued from the sinking ferry.

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Image: South Korean ferry "Sewol" is seen sinking in the sea off Jindo

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.

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Image: South Korean maritime policemen search for passengers in the sea around the sinking ferry Sewol

South Korean maritime police search for passengers in the sea around the sinking ferry Sewol.

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Image: Rescued passengers cry at a gym where rescued passengers gather in Jindo

Rescued passengers comfort each other at a gym in Jindo, South Korea.

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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.

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South Korean coast guard officers look for passengers from the sinking ferry.

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Image: 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

The mother of a ferry passenger reacts, right, as she finds her son at a gym where rescued passengers gathered in Jindo, South Korea.

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Relatives wait for missing passengers at a harbor in Jindo.

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Image: South Korean ferry "Sewol" is seen sinking at the sea off Jindo

A boat shines a light on the sinking South Korean ferry Sewol.

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