A desperate search for survivors is playing out right now in the cold murky waters off the coast of South Korea. That after a ferry carrying almost 500 people, most of them high school students, capsizes and sinks leaving hundreds missing. South Korean news agencies are reporting the ferry was in rocky water in foggy conditions, when survivors heard a loud bang and the ship began flipping over.
Strong currents and bad visibility continue to hamper rescuers as they search for 287 passengers that are still missing more than 24 hours after the ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water.
The accident causing fury among families waiting for word of passengers who were mostly high school students traveling to the tourist island of JeJu, considered the Hawaii of the Koreas.
Nine people have been confirmed dead, but the death toll is expected to rise sharply because the missing have now spent more than a day either trapped in the ferry or in the cold ocean water.
Emergency officials say the water is about 54 degrees, which would cause hypothermia after just 90-minutes of exposure.
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