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[UPDATE] Hundreds Feared Dead After Ferry Sinks In South Korea

JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 16: (SOUTH KOREA OUT) In this handout provided by Donga Daily, The Republic of Korea Coast Guard work at the site of ferry sinking accident off the coast of Jindo Island  on April 16, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. Four people are confirmed dead and almost 300 are reported missing. The ferry identified as the Sewol is reported to have been carrying around 470 passengers, including students and teachers, as it travelled to Jeju island. (Photo by Park Young-Chul-Donga Daily via Getty Images)
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UPDATE: 4/16/14 9:05 P.M. The Coast Guard is reporting that seven people are now confirmed dead while 179 have been rescued. That leaves 289 passengers still unaccounted for. ORIGINAL STORY: SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — At least six people are confirmed dead and 55 injured in a ferry sinking off South Korea but officials say the number of missing suggests the death toll could be much higher.

The ferry was carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island. Nearly 300 people are missing.

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