NEW DETAILS: Survivors Describe Escape From Sinking Ferry - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

NEW DETAILS: Survivors Describe Escape From Sinking Ferry

Posted: Updated:
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Survivors of a ferry sinking off the coast of South Korea are describing how they jumped into the frigid water wearing life jackets and then swam to a nearby rescue boat.
   
But there may have been many others on board who weren't able to escape. Nearly 300 people are still missing after the ferry, carrying 462 people, sank while on an overnight trip to a tourist island. Most of those on board were high school students.
   
At least four people are confirmed dead and 55 injured.
   
Local TV stations showed pictures of the ship listing to its side and slowly sinking as passengers jumped out or were lifted to safety by helicopters. Rescuers were on the sides of the ship, pulling out passengers. But the ship overturned completely and continued to sink slowly. Eventually, only its bow was sticking out of the water.
   
Some 160 coast guard and navy divers have been searching for possible survivors. A Coast Guard spokesman says 16 divers approached the ferry and tried to get inside, but couldn't because the current was too strong. The spokesman adds that the water is muddy, and visibility is poor.
   
An emergency official says the water temperature in the area is about 54 degrees.
   
PREVIOUS STORY:

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - There are fears that the death toll could rise dramatically from the sinking of a ferry carrying 462 people off the southern coast of South Korea.
   
Most of the passengers were high school students on a trip to a tourist island.
   
At least four people are confirmed dead and 55 injured -- but nearly 300 others are still missing.
   
One of the 325 high school students on the ferry says he and others jumped into the water with their life jackets and swam to rescuers nearby.

PREVIOUS STORY:

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Officials in South Korea say nearly 300 people are still missing several hours after a ferry sank in the cold waters off the country's southern coast.
    
At least two people are confirmed dead, but there are fears of a much bigger death toll as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers continue to search for survivors.
    
One passenger says he believes that many people were trapped inside when the ferry sank. The boat sent out a distress call Wednesday morning when it began leaning to one side.
    
The Ministry of Security and Public Administration says about 95 percent of the ferry is now submerged.
    
Most of the 459 people on board were high school students on a school trip. On student tells broadcaster YTN that he and other students jumped into the ocean wearing life jackets and then swam to a rescue boat nearby.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Police investigate reported shooting at nightclub

    Police investigate reported shooting at nightclub

    Saturday, August 30 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-08-30 21:40:34 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are looking for information about a reported shooting at the Swaxx Nightclub on N. Division early Saturday morning. A spokeswoman said the shooting happened at about 2 a.m. in the parking lot near Lincoln and Division. Several people were fighting in the parking lot when the shots were reported.
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are looking for information about a reported shooting at the Swaxx Nightclub on N. Division early Saturday morning. A spokeswoman said the shooting happened at about 2 a.m. in the parking lot near Lincoln and Division. Several people were fighting in the parking lot when the shots were reported.
  • Suspected gunman manages to elude police after hospital lockdown

    Suspected gunman manages to elude police after hospital lockdown

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:38:50 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash.- A suspected gunman managed to elude police Friday night after a chase that took officers from the Rite Aid on N. Division to Holy Family Hospital on E. Rowan. It all started around 7:30pm Friday night, when police say a man was seen trying to steal items from the Rite Aid.
    SPOKANE, Wash.- A suspected gunman managed to elude police Friday night after a chase that took officers from the Rite Aid on N. Division to Holy Family Hospital on E. Rowan. It all started around 7:30pm Friday night, when police say a man was seen trying to steal items from the Rite Aid.
  • 2-year-old hit by car, hospitalized

    2-year-old hit by car, hospitalized

    Saturday, August 30 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-08-30 17:45:12 GMT
    KAMIAH, Idaho - Idaho State Police arrested a 38-year-old woman for driving intoxicated and hitting a 2-year-old with her car in the town of Kamiah Friday night. Police responded to the crash scene at 9:21. ISP said Sarkisian G. Farnham was driving north on Hill Street near the Kamiah High School. 
    KAMIAH, Idaho - Idaho State Police arrested a 38-year-old woman for driving intoxicated and hitting a 2-year-old with her car in the town of Kamiah Friday night. Police responded to the crash scene at 9:21. ISP said Sarkisian G. Farnham was driving north on Hill Street near the Kamiah High School. 
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.