South Korean rescuers have extended a frantic search into a second day for about 290 people still missing after a ferry carrying mostly high school students capsized, Reuters reported Thursday.
Grieving family members gathered on the quay of the coastal city of Jindo as efforts to find the missing continued overnight.
Nearly 340 of the passengers were teenagers and teachers from the Danwon school near the capital Seoul on a field trip to Jeju island, about 100 kilometers south of the Korean peninsula, when the ferry sank in sight of land Tuesday, the report said.
So far, 179 people have been rescued and six confirmed dead in what could be the country’s worst maritime accident in 20 years.
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