Phuket Gazette World News: Hundreds rescued as cruise liner sinks off South Korea
– World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community
PHUKET: One person has been found dead in a South Korean ferry that is sinking off the southwest coast, a coast guard official said on Wednesday.
There was a loud impact and noise before the ferry started sinking, a passenger who had been rescued from the vessel told YTN news television.
The ferry, identified as the Sewol, was carrying about 470 passengers, including the students and teachers, en route to Jeju island, about 100 km (60 miles) south of the Korean peninsula.
It sent a distress signal after it began to list badly.
A school official told Reuters that the 338 high school students and teachers on board had been rescued.
— Phuket Gazette Editors
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