Desperate search for missing students on sunken ferry continues

The desperate, massive search for ferry passengers of a sunken ferry in the Yellow Sea off the coast of southwest Korea continues as almost 300 remain missing. Hope remains that those trapped on board are still alive. The passenger, most of whom are students, reached out to parents and relatives via text messages. One text read: “No phone connection so there is no Internet connection. So just sending text message.” Another said: “There are few people on the ship, can’t see a thing, it’s totally dark…there are few men and women, women are screaming.”
With these panicked messages comes a reason to believe that more survivors will be found. Many of those that were rescued had to leap off the side of the capsized ferry into water barely 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit), where military and fishing vessels picked them up. Others were instructed to stay onboard.
Even though only a small section of the ferry’s hull remains out of the water, rescuers — including South Korean Special Forces divers — hope that within the ship, isolated pockets of air are able to support passengers still trapped within the vessel, which is almost 500 feet in length and it is in waters that is believed to be between 70 and 110 feet deep. However, it is also felt that the effort to reach those trapped in potential voids will not be easy because getting divers into those areas and bringing the survivors to the surface is going to be a daunting task. Conditions are not ideal for the rescue effort, with potentially strong winds, cold waters, fog and tidal currents making things difficult for ships and divers.

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