South Korean ship sank and left 2 dead and 290 missing



The Government of South Korea announced that the incident left two dead and over 290 missing for the sinking of a passenger ship today in southwest of the country. 

The Sewol ship wrecked about 20 miles from the southwestern island of Byeongpyung with 477 passengers on board, of which 325 were high school students.

When the ship called for help at 9 pm, rescue teams mobilized ships and helicopters to evacuate the passengers, though the collapse occurred faster than initially estimated.

Five hours after starting the wreck authorities amounted to 368 the number of rescued, but later acknowledged that there was a miscalculation and over 290 passengers remain unaccounted, according to the local agency Yonhap, according to EFE.

It is feared that many remain trapped inside the ship, which in the worst case could cause the greatest human tragedy in years in China and worst naval accident since the 1993 shipwreck occurred on the west coast, which left 300 dead.

However, the possibility that some of the missing have been evacuated by fishing boats roaming the area was not yet confirmed.

The South Korean Coast Guard confirmed the discovery of two bodies, the first a 27- year member of the crew and the second of an unidentified man who reportedly died in hospital after being rescued.

Meanwhile, emergency crews search for the missing in the waters, to which at least 22 rescue ships and 11 helicopters worked tirelessly in recent times moved.

Images of South Korean television show the ship capsized and almost completely submerged, plus previous scenes of passengers being rescued by emergency services while the ship was slowly sinking.

The injured were taken to hospital in the nearby coastal town of Mokpo.

Although not determined the cause of the accident, the evidence suggests that the hull could have broken after colliding with an underwater reef.

The Sewol ship, built in 1994, with a maximum capacity of 921 people, left at 9 pm Tuesday Incheon port bound for the island of Jeju, performing the route twice a week.

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