Search Continues for Sunken South Korea Ferry’s Missing Passengers

Park Young-Chul-Donga Daily via Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — The search resumed Thursday for 287 people still missing after a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea the day before. Nine passengers are confirmed dead with 179 having been rescued.

Many of those unaccounted for are teenagers who were on a school trip.

Volunteers from all over the country, including scuba divers and ex-Marines, are joining in on the search. But rescue efforts are being hampered by poor weather conditions, strong underwater currents and a total lack of organization.

Investigators still don’t know what caused the ferry with 475 on board to suddenly tilt to one side Wednesday and go down although speculation is that the vessel might have hit a reef. Some experts say the captain may have tried a sudden turn, causing cargo to lean to one side.

The ferry, identified as the Sewol, was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call as it began leaning.

Three cranes that will be used to lift the ship are expected to arrive on Friday.

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